In the first couple of months of 2021, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Law A Level students were offered valuable opportunities to get to know jobs within the legal profession and gain virtual work experience.
Students heard from practising barrister, Linda Appiah, who has been working in the field for over 20 years. She explained to students the differences between barristers and solicitors and why she prefers being a barrister. She also talked about her biggest challenges, including time management, working long hours and the need for good self organisation due to being self employed, as well as all the things that likes most about her work. It is never repetitive, she travels all over England and she can talk, argue and cross examine in court. Students asked what the most rewarding part of being a barrister involves, to which Linda answered that someone who she represented once told her that she made such a difference to their lives.
Aikohi Aire teaches Law at RuTC and has organised many of opportunity for her students over the last few months. She said, “During lockdown, Law A Level students attended a virtual Supreme Court tour, where they had the privilege to meet judges and ask them anything during a Q&A session. It was a brilliant opportunity for the students to join in, an eye opener what their job is all about and how they prepare for hearings. Students also had the opportunity to engage in two weeks virtual work experience, which gave them professional insights that will benefit their future education and career.”
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