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Four key moments from ‘How to make it as a City lawyer’

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At ‘How to make it as a City lawyer’ last month, four solicitors who’d entered the profession via a range of different routes told their stories to over 250 students.

In the Question Time-style session — hosted at BPP University’s Holborn centre — students listened before picking the speakers’ brains for training contract application advice. Legal Cheek features editor Katie King fielded the questions.

We have selected four key moments below…

Hogan Lovells’ Chris Hutton: Make your own networks

BPP University’s Charlie Radcliffe: Could I share a room with them?

Mayer Brown’s Emma Sturt: STEM students are just as suited to law as arts and humanities students

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Sid Shukla: Remember to listen and think at interview

Prior to the event, the speakers were interviewed or wrote articles for Legal Cheek about their career journeys to date.

Hogan Lovells‘ Hutton talked about his route into law as the first person into his family to go to university. Mayer Brown‘s Sturt reflected the transferable skills she had gathered from her previous career as a civil engineer. BPP University’s Radcliffe, who was previously a lawyer at a City firm for ten years, recalled the often underrated softer skills that can make all the difference in practice. And Herbert Smith Freehills‘ Shukla picked five qualities that he believes, more than anything else, make a good corporate lawyer.

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