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Stephen Mackellar

I studied for an LLB Law degree at The University of Manchester in 2010. I subsequently studied for a Masters in International Justice and Human Rights Law at Edge Hill University in 2013.

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Why did you choose the Pathways to Law programme?

I had always been considered a career in law and came across the programme whilst I was studying my GCSEs. I chose the scheme for the opportunity to meet and network with legal professionals and to get guidance on how to pursue my own career goals.

What did you most enjoy about studying this programme?

I was very grateful to get the opportunity to experience professional practice for the first time through the work experience that the scheme offered. The firm who I had the chance to work with allowed me to work in a few different departments which gave me a good flavour for different areas of legal work.

What has been the highlight of the programme?

The highlight for me was attending the National Conference. The variety of activities that were run made it an extremely interesting and valuable experience.

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?

Whilst I was a student at the University of Manchester I was involved with the Legal Advice Centre as a Student Advisor. I enjoyed being able to put what I was learning on the course into practice and provide help and advice to members of the public.

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

I am fortunate in that I have accomplished the plan that I had in mind when I first joined the programme after qualifying as a solicitor in early 2019. Pathways to Law helped prepare me for my current career by giving me an insight into what legal practice was like and the area that I wanted to practice. My next goals are to obtain Higher Rights of Audience and the TEP qualification.

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

Being able to connect and network with practicing solicitors and barristers was extremely helpful, as was being able to get an early period of work experience whilst still at A level stage.

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

Make the most of every opportunity that you are given whilst on the programme. The scheme offers a lot of unique and valuable experiences that should help you consider whether you wish to study or practice law as a career.