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Harry Bithell

I started a Bachelor of Civil Law degree at University College, Oxford University in 2018.

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Why did you choose the Pathways to Law programme?

I chose the Pathways to Law programme to gain an insight into not only law but also life at university. Being the first member of my family to go to university I was presented with an opportunity to find out more about what it was like through workshops, networking and meeting likeminded people. Moreover, the programme has fantastic support from legal professionals and as I was considering a legal career, I knew the programme would provide me with a good foundation from which I could build.

What did you most enjoy about studying this programme?

I enjoyed the chance to meet like-minded people – I am still in contact with a lot of the people I met on the programme, so it is really great to have made some long-lasting friendships and to see where those people are nowadays.

What has been the highlight of the programme?

A highlight for me is networking – a lot of people really dislike it and find it quite awkward, which it often is, but through getting out there and speaking to different legal professionals you can get some fantastic support and mentoring. So get over the initial awkwardness and be confident – if you speak to people you will often find they are more than willing to help.

Have you been involved in any other activities outside the programme which you think may be relevant to your degree and career, such as events or groups?

I have been involved in the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) through Inner Temple. This is a specific Bar focussed scheme for university students that gives you mentoring, workshops and work experience at leading chambers.

What are your future plans and how do you feel being on the Pathways to Law programme has prepared you for this?

I will be starting the BPTC at City Law School in September with the intention of pursuing a career at the Commercial Bar in London. Pathways to Law first introduced me to commercial law and the opportunity to get involved in mooting before starting was incredibly valuable. 

Name one valuable experience that you will take away with you that you could have only experienced on this programme? 

The Pathways to Law National Conference held yearly at Warwick is fantastic. I went twice: as a student and later as a mentor. The opportunity to experience university life alongside some fantastic workshops on CVs, debating and so much more is something that you don’t get on any other programme. 

What advice would you give to new students about to study this programme?

I would suggest that you take every opportunity that comes your way – the programme is about learning what works for you and finding out whether a career in law and university is right for you so come to it with an open mind, that way you will get the most out of the programme.