Emma Facey helps students practise their client interviewing skills.

Alumni share their skills and expertise in the Pathways to Law Programme

Exeter law alumni continue to add value to student’s experience in the Pathways to Law programme by taking part in a Client interviewing and Networking Skills workshop at the University of Exeter on the 14th January.

Pathways to Law is an innovative and exciting programme, which provides fantastic opportunities for sixth form students who are interested in law. Run by the Sutton Trust and funded by the Legal Education Foundation, Pathways is offered at 12 UK universities, including the University of Exeter. The programme targets high-achieving students in state schools and colleges who will be the first generation in their family to attend university, and aims to raise their aspirations and provide them with the skills and confidence to pursue a successful legal career.

Over the course of the programme alumni have been recruited to help out at sessions based on campus, helping out in skill-based sessions as well offering career insights and inspiring students through key note speeches. One such event was the Client Interviewing and networking skills workshop. The day saw four alumni who work in local practices return to campus to help deliver the workshops. Natasha Bellinger (Law 2011), Magdalen Chambers, began the day talking about communication & networking skills, then introduced the session on client interviewing with a solicitor from another local firm.

Alumni Rae Ahmed (LLM International & Business Law 2011), Bond Dickinson LLP, Ben Thomson (Law 2014) of Tozers and Emma Facey (Law 2006 ), Foot Anstey helped to support the break-out sessions where students were able to practice the skills that had been demonstrated.

This was Emma’s first experience of volunteering on the programme and it has left her keen to help out where she can again:

"I think the programme is great, it is a fantastic way for students to become engaged at a very early stage with the 'real world of law'. It exposes them to opportunities I certainly never had and will set them apart from their competitors; it will really enhance their CV. It also allows them to gain some of the 'soft skills' they will need for life in a law firm. The students were just great too – such a bright and enthusiastic group."

Her views were echoed by the young participants themselves. To pick just one of the many positive comments from student feedback on the day:

"I really enjoyed interviewing and learning about becoming a lawyer."

Alumni can find out more about volunteering on the programme by contacting The programme will also be looking for placement providers in the South West for next year’s participants.

Date: 24 February 2017

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