Sarah Gillbe, who skipped uni to work as a legal secretary before becoming a solicitor, would have taken a more direct route with the benefit of hindsight
As an 18-year old I was often told what a good lawyer I’d be. But in fact I would have been terrible – a vexatious litigant probably. If there was an excuse to disagree with something or someone I’d find it. If there was a cause, I’d champion it.
A lot later I realised that being a decent lawyer is about taking a pragmatic and intelligent view. At 18 I barely managed the last. No comment on the former.
I went to a tertiary college to study for the international baccalaureate. Being quite a bright sort, I was encouraged to go along to the Oxbridge entrance lunchtime sessions as of course Oxbridge is special and they have their own system for everything. It was apparently a good thing to do PPE, although no-one knew what for. It sounded fairly interesting.