Law Graduate - Lauren

Lauren DuttonThe Law Graduate

Lauren Dutton
Litigation Executive
Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

Not only have I obtained academic training through CILEx but working alongside this has meant I have gained practical training which is invaluable.

After successfully obtaining my Law Degree at the University of Liverpool I began working at a law firm immediately. Graduating from University can be a daunting experience being surrounded by thousands of other graduates in the same predicament as you with only limited vacancies in firms and training contracts available in such a fiercely competitive industry.

I have always had a passion and keen interest in pursuing a career in law but had my reservations regarding funding and the possibility of never obtaining a training contract. The CILEx Graduate Fast-track route has enabled me to pursue my career with flexibility by way of funding but more importantly I have been able to study and earn simultaneously. In my role I manage my own caseload of clinical negligence matters and assist my supervisors on more much more complex and higher value cases.

It is important to educate individuals that the traditional route to becoming qualified is not the only route. It is satisfying to know that the legal industry is now recognising Chartered Legal Executives as equals rather than a ‘third branch’ to becoming qualified. It is rewarding to know that you are valuable to your firm just as a solicitor both professionally and financially.

Advice I would give to anyone would be to do it. If I was more educated about CILEx following completing college and my A-levels I would not have gone to University and instead chose the CILEx Level 3 route and worked my way up.