A first-class career…
Monica Virdee reflects on her own career, and provides advice to graduates with a 2.2 degree on how to stand out and have a great career in law.
In this new podcast series hosted by three of our social mobility ambassadors, we’ll be exploring socio-economic diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, answering your questions and hearing from both hosts and guests on their personal experiences.
In this first episode, Sam, Alice and Shameem are joined by Leasha Newman to speak about career options.
Leasha grew up in East London and is a previous awardee of the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme. Having achieved a first-class honours degree in law, she went on to study an MSc in business, law and management at the University of Law in Moorgate.
Leasha trained and qualified in 2019 as an in-house solicitor at Linkcity, the development arm of Bouygues Construction in the UK. Leasha is a keen advocate of the Diversity Access Scheme and strives to promote diversity and inclusion within her workplace.
Sam is a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, serving a two-year term. Having trained and qualified as an employment solicitor at international law firm DLA Piper, Sam moved in-house to the legal team of the University of Manchester.
Before entering law, Sam studied a history degree and was twice elected president of his student union. He studied his GDL and MSc in business, law and management at the University of Law in Bristol.
Sam has continued to contribute to the higher education sector, sitting on boards and committees for the University of Law, NUS Services Limited, and the University of Liverpool.
Shameem is from Bolton and grew up on benefits. She is now an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, specialising in public law and human rights.
She has worked at the UN, in government, in the NGO space and in the City. She is a former board member of the human rights organisation, Liberty, and remains on its policy council.
Shameem is a trustee of EachOther, a UK-focused charity that uses independent journalism and filmmaking to tell stories of ordinary people affected by human rights issues, and was appointed as a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society in 2021. She enjoys reading in her spare time.
Alice has an active role in the Birmingham legal community. She is chair of the Birmingham Law Society Social Mobility Sub-Committee and also sits on the Birmingham Law Society Council and Equality and Diversity Committee.
Alice became a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society in 2021.
Social mobility toolkit by the Social Mobility Commission