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Law student secures mentorship from leading London firm

Scarlet, from the University Centre Truro & Penwith, has secured mentorship and interview support from a leading London Law firm.

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Published Monday 15 April 2024

A Law student from the University Centre Truro & Penwith has secured mentorship and interview support from a leading London Law firm thanks to successfully securing a place at the coveted ‘Inspire Law’ event hosted by Covington and Burling in the capital.

Scarlet Ring, from St Buryan, recently attended the exclusive event in London that connects students aspiring to enter the legal field with leading firms in the UK, offering a platform for networking and professional development.

The process of applying to attend this event was highly competitive and places were extremely limited, so Scarlet was thrilled when she found out she had been accepted, she said: “They told me it was competitive, but I didn’t realise what that really meant until I was there and people were talking about how surprised they were to have been able to attend.”

Scarlet utilised the careers support on offer at the University Centre to help with her application as she was unsure on how best to approach it, she added: “I realised that I needed to do an application form but I have never done one before so knew I would need help with it, so I booked an appointment with Louise and had several careers sessions. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it without Louise, she was amazing.”

Scarlet’s encounter with firm Baker McKenzie led to an offer of mentorship.

Scarlet seized every opportunity to engage with representatives from various law firms, as well as practicing Lawyers and Solicitors. These interactions provided her with invaluable insights into the industry, allowing her to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to succeed.

An encounter with a remarkable woman from Baker McKenzie, a firm renowned for its pioneering work in artificial intelligence and related legal frameworks, left a particularly lasting impression on Scarlet.

Describing the encounter, Scarlet said: “She is an expert in the field and speaking to her changed my whole perspective. She has such a similar background to me and it was so motivating.”

This meeting shattered Scarlet’s self-doubt and reaffirmed her belief in her ability to succeed in the legal profession. The Solicitor from Baker McKenzie not only offered mentorship but also pledged to assist Scarlet in preparing for interviews and navigating the complexities of securing placements.

Scarlet’s journey to the ‘Inspire Law’ event was made possible, in part, by the support she received from the University Centre Truro & Penwith and the Healthworks Cornwall project. Financial assistance for travel and accommodation eased the logistical challenges of attending the event, enabling Scarlet to embrace the opportunity wholeheartedly.

The experience proved transformative for Scarlet, igniting a newfound passion for exploration and self-discovery. Empowered by her journey to London she now seeks to challenge herself further by embarking on more solo trips and expanding her work experience searches.

As Scarlet prepares to embark on her next chapter she remains committed to inspiring the next generation of students. Through a mentoring role at Humphry Davy School she hopes to share her experiences and empower others to pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.

The University Centre Truro & Penwith offers Business and Law degrees accredited by the University of Plymouth that are flexible and offer one-to-one support. To find out more about studying locally, visit www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/uni

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