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Ayça Öztürk’s Career Journey

We interviewed Ayça Öztürk, Paralegal in our Spinal Injury team, to find out about her career journey so far.

Read the full interview below!

  1. What is your current role at BBK?

Paralegal in the Spinal Injuries Team.

  1.  What was your first role at BBK?
    I started BBK in January 2023 as a Support Clerk in the Support Team.

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

I completed my school education in Turkey. Therefore, I had to complete an International Foundation Degree (equivalent to A-Levels, in 1 year) to enrol in a university in the UK. After this, I completed a bachelor’s degree in law, which required completing the general set of law school exams. Following my bachelor’s degree, I decided to complete the LPC with Law Masters as the SQE route was not well established at the time.I graduated in 2022.

  1. What attracted you to your chosen career?

Upon completing my post-graduate education, I decided to work in the field of clinical negligence and personal injury. Not only does this area of law allow me to support clients during their difficult times after experiencing life-changing injuries, but it is also intellectually stimulating as it involves learning about medicine and thinking outside the box when approaching legal issues.

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

I completed my LPC course in 2022. Therefore, once I get a training contract, it will take me two years to qualify as a solicitor. I aim to apply for a training contract at Bolt Burdon Kemp in the coming year.

  1. What did you study at university?

I studied Law at the University of East Anglia. After completing my undergraduate degree in LLB Law, I completed my LPC with a Law Masters at the University of Law.

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

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help and provide support to our clients during a time when they are facing significant challenges after experiencing life-altering injuries or events.

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

Having a career in the legal sector can be very challenging, especially for new graduates. My advice is to never give up; keep trying and working towards your goals and dreams. All the hard work will eventually pay off.

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