Racheal Gould

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Law
Job title: Trainee Solicitor
Subject of study: Law
Year of graduation: 2021
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Stephens Scown

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I  returned to the University of Exeter after finishing my undergraduate degree in Law to complete the Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law. Since completing my post-graduate degree, I have started my new position as a Trainee Solicitor, with my first seat in Dispute Resolution.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Throughout school I really enjoyed extra-curricular activities that involved debating, negotiation and problem solving. I also really enjoyed studying law at A-Level. I knew from college that I wanted to study Law at university and pursue a legal career. I really enjoying the problem-solving nature of my work. I find it really interesting speaking with clients to understand the background to their matter and working out the applicable law and deciding a plan of action.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of the Law Society and Benchball Society! I also attended freshers week each year to meet with other societies. Every committee on the campus is incredibly friendly and welcoming.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed studying Company Law and Criminal Justice and Evidence the most! I had initially struggled with answering problem questions within the required word count, however my Company Law professor was incredibly kind and helpful, and helped my achieve a first in the exam by teaching me some useful exam techniques!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I loved the opportunities that the university offered you in terms of legal experience and pro bono. It was a great way to sample the kind of legal work you might come across in your career and also contribute to your CV!

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose Exeter as I wanted to stay in the South West. I am originally from Cornwall so did not want to extend too far away! The campus is lovely, with a perfect combination of greenery and city life.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Definitely problem-styled questions in exams. Having the ability to correctly analyse the facts of a case and correctly apply the relevant law was a huge skill that I learned during my time at university that has assisted me in my career. In addition, the time-management skills that I had to adopt at University has really helped me manage my time as a trainee.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Don’t doubt yourself! I was so afraid that I was not good enough or smart enough to pursue a career in law. Have confidence in your ability, attend lots of networking events to get to know your desired firms and manage your time well when studying, it will come in handy and give you the required discipline for any career!

What are your plans for the future?

My plans and goals are to qualify as a Solicitor next year and continue working at my firm in the South West – hopefully make Partner one day!


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