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Law Alumni - Case Study

How University helped us chase our dreams and succeed in the world of Law.

At Hull, we provide you with much more than a degree.

We can help introduce you to potential future employers, unlock conversations with leaders in their field, and give you the right support and advice to succeed after you graduate.

Our law graduates go on to work for firms right across the country, from here in Hull to cities such as London, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Read on to hear about three of our successful alumni, to find out where their careers have taken them since graduating from Hull, and the support they received from our dedicated Student Futures team.

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Law students at Hull share their success stories

Alastair Rose

Alastair graduated in 2016 after studying LLB Law with Business at the University. Throughout his studies, Alastair used the Student Futures service to improve his prospects of securing employment after university.

He attended CV writing sessions, workshops and took part in the e-mentoring scheme. Today, Alastair is a Solicitor at Actons, working in the Corporate & Commercial team at the Nottingham-based firm.

He says:

“I would wholeheartedly recommend The University of Hull Student Futures to any student who wants to access the support required to stand out for the right reasons when it comes to employability.

“After attending a CV advice workshop, I decided to access some ‘one-to-one’ careers support. After booking a careers guidance appointment with the Law Careers Adviser Sally Scholes, I was encouraged to consider partaking in the law strand of the University of Hull E-Mentoring programme."

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Alastair Rose
In his own words...
Alastair Rose, LLB Law with Business

“Through joining the E-Mentoring Programme in my final year of study, Sally was able to connect me to a solicitor mentor at Hull based firm SJP Law. My mentor Ruth Maltby was unbelievably supportive and giving of her time. She acted as a ‘critical friend’ who was there to answer my questions and offer advice and insight into what it is really like to work as a Solicitor.

Thanks to the support and guidance of my mentor Ruth and Law Careers Adviser Sally Scholes, I developed the knowledge and self-confidence to apply for a training contract.”

Cristian Arvat

Cristian Arvat graduated from the University of Hull with a First Class LLB Commercial Law degree. Having first come to Hull as one of our international students from Romania, Cristian is now an Associate at the global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

Cristian also enrolled onto the Accelerated LPC programme at BPP Law School in Holborn, London after leaving Hull.

He says:

“The journey to training contract success can be quite difficult but with the right career guidance, academic prowess, and resilience a good proportion of students can achieve it. I have been offered a training contract almost half a year after my graduation and I had my own fair share of rejections until that point."

“However, the support I have received from the Employer Engagement Team within the Student Futures has been a pivotal point in helping me secure the much sought-after training contract.

“My point of contact with the Careers Service has been Sally Scholes, the link Careers Adviser to law students. She works in a very friendly and supportive team that is dedicated to helping students achieve their professional aims.

“Not only have they provided me with traditional careers advice relating to the job market, applications, CVs and psychometric tests but they also have close links to employers who often use them as the first point of contact in the recruitment process of their companies.

“These factors have been decisive in helping me obtain a job offer as an Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers and a vacation scheme, followed by a training contract offer from Herbert Smith Freehills.

“The Employer Engagement Team has provided me with brilliant interview preparation and coaching for each of the positions I have applied for, and have also put me in contact with members from those organisations thus helping me network more effectively.

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Cristian Arvat
In His Own Words…
Cristian Arvat, LLB Commercial Law

“I would encourage each of you to take advantage of the facilities that are been offered by the University and to register with the Career Service. You should view the services provided by career counsellors as an integral part of your education. As the job market becomes more competitive your career guidance and coaching become more essential.

Finally, I would urge you all to never give up on your ambitions. If a training contract is truly what you want then you will find a way to get it. Ideally, you will take advantage of the people and facilities around you to get there as this is, in my view, indispensable.”

Rachel Lindberg

Rachel studied Law at the University of Hull from 2013-2016. She is a first-generation lawyer, she is LGBT, speaks with a North-East accent and was state school educated. All of these characteristics presented potential barriers to her success; statistically, Rachel would struggle to get a training contract.

Through determination (and resilience) however, Rachel secured a vacation scheme with Hogan Lovells in her final year of study, which ultimately led to her securing a training contract with the firm.

After graduating, Rachel also spent time as a Real Estate paralegal at Addleshaw Goddard and she worked as Student Manager at Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel started her training contract with Hogan Lovells in February 2018; she is now an Associate at the firm in London.

She says:

“I will always look back fondly at my time spent at The University of Hull. In my second year I was the Student Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, which was where my involvement with The University of Hull Student Futures really began.

“As a Careers Ambassador, I worked alongside the careers team in order to provide and promote events for Law students such as CV workshops, mock interviews and even a psychometric test workshop. All of the events undertaken by AS and the careers service were well-received by students.

“Through Sally Scholes – Law Careers Adviser within the Student Futures team, I was put in touch with Clare Harris, Associate Director of Legal Resourcing at Hogan Lovells. It was from this meeting that I managed to forge a connection with Clare and was invited to apply for a Vacation Scheme at the firm.

“I managed to secure a place on the scheme and was subsequently offered a Training Contract with them, which I obviously accepted!"

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Rachel Lindberg
In Her Own Words…
Rachel Lindberg, LLB Law

“I strongly believe that if it had not been for Student Futures at the University, I would not be in this position. Previously, I did not have the confidence to apply for such a large firm and so without the help of the careers service and Sally in particular, I may never have even applied, and for that I am extremely grateful.

I would certainly encourage all students to utilise Student Futures from the beginning of their studies.”