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Aliya Abdi’s Career Journey

We interviewed Aliya Abdi, Solicitor Apprentice in our Costs Team, to find out about what led her to an alternative route into law at BBK.

  1. What is your current role at BBK? 

I am a second year solicitor apprentice at BBK. I am currently in the Costs Team where I am learning the process of what happens when cases settle and how clients receive their damages

2. What was your first role at BBK?

I started in the Support Team where I learned different office admin tasks and the overall etiquette of a law firm.

3. What further training or further exams did you need to complete after school or university to achieve this?

I applied for the apprenticeship, which consisted of a written exam and an interview.

4. What attracted you to your chosen career?

I chose to have a career in law because it would enable me to help those who are unaware of their different legal rights and improve their quality of life. The reason I chose to do an apprenticeship is the opportunity to gain real-world experience, academic learning, and personal growth.

5. How long did it take/will it take for you to ‘qualify’?

The apprenticeship is 6 years long. By the end of it I would have completed my LLB Law Degree and the SQE, in which at that point, I will be qualified.

6. What is the most satisfying part of your role?

As an apprentice, I love that I get hands-on experience in various legal tasks, develop client relations and witness the inner workings of a law firm. The combination of work and study allows me to see how matters are progressed daily, whilst simultaneously increasing my knowledge through my academics.

7. What advice would you give to someone considering the same career route as you?

An apprenticeship is a great way to gain legal experience and work towards your degree, however it is a big, long-term commitment so you have to make sure that it is definitely right for you. It takes up a lot of your time, so it is important to manage your time effectively.

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