Interview: 2010 non-law grads who worked in the City after graduating explain why they are becoming lawyers

Duo will begin training contracts at Shearman & Sterling next year

Having commenced successful careers in the City upon graduating in 2010, James Stuart and Patty Tan decided to head back to school to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with a view to becoming commercial solicitors.

The pair, educated at the universities of Manchester and Oxford respectively, will begin training contracts at the London office of Shearman & Sterling next autumn.

With the application deadline for Shearman & Sterling’s Re-Start day for career changers closing at the end of April, Legal Cheek news editor Tom Connelly headed down to the City to meet them. They told him about what motivated their switch to the legal world, how they are finding being students again and what transferable skills helped them bag their TCs.

We’ve outlined Stuart and Tan’s CVs below, to give readers a more detailed flavour of their respective career journeys to date as they watch the interview.

James Stuart’s CV

PPE at Manchester, graduated 2010

2010-11: Trainee Shipbroker at Braemar Seascope
2012-15: Demurrage Negotiator at BP
2015-16: Trading Operator at BP
September 2016: Shearman & Sterling TC offer
2017: GDL at ULaw as a Shearman future trainee
September 2017: LPC at ULaw as a Shearman future trainee
September 2018: Join the firm

Patty Tan CV

Maths at Oxford, graduated 2009; MMath at Oxford, graduated 2010

2010-14: Actuarial analyst at Zurich Insurance graduate scheme
2014: Self-funded GDL at ULaw
2015: Legal work experience
2016: Private client paralegal at Ashfords
September 2016: Shearman & Sterling TC offer
2017: International arbitration legal assistant at Shearman
September 2017: LPC at ULaw as a Shearman future trainee
September 2018: Join the firm

Apply here for Shearman & Sterling’s Re-Start, a one-day structured programme designed to inform and educate career changers on the pathway to law. The application deadline is 28 April, with Re-Start taking place on 19 May.