Essex Law Clinic: Alumni Profile – Sian Walker

It is strange to think it has almost been a year since I left Essex. Whilst COVID restrictions have limited the amount of time that I have left the house, this past year has been a whirlwind of stress, opportunities and excitement.

In September 2020, I began my LLM/LPC course… and wow it was a huge step from undergraduate learning. With majority of learning being self-taught and extensive examination periods, it was a shock. With 14 exams already completed, I am now nearing the end of my second examination cycle.

Beginning the LPC without a training contract was daunting but I quickly discovered many of my colleagues were in the same position. Entering the legal field is tough, and its okay to not have everything planned out… most of us don’t. If I have learnt anything from this year it is that it’s okay to change your plan – already, I have considered dropping my course to part-time for a paralegal job, I have actively broadened my location when applying for training contracts and even debated taking September 2021 off to recuperate.

There have been highs and lows, and many opportunities. One day you can be approached for a job that you never considered applying for, only to be rejected for it the next week. You can be applying for a firm 4 hours away from your home, only to receive an email from a firm in your hometown asking if you are still interested in a training contract starting this year.

There are many ups and downs as a law student and things can change in a blink of an eye; determination and resilience are definitely our best friend.

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