Samantha Alderton is one of the current Trainee Solicitor at Archers Law, in her second seat within the Litigation team. As we are currently recruiting for the September intake of the trainees, we caught up with Sam to find out a bit more about her journey working towards becoming a qualified solicitor. #TeamArchers #TeamTrainee
q: When did you finish your degree and when did you start at Archers Law?
a:I finished my degree in June 2015 and started my training contract with Archers Law in September 2019.
q: Can you explain a bit about your time leading up to your training contract?
a: Whilst studying my degree at the University of Hull, I worked in the University’s Legal Advice Centre where I gained experience working in a legal team. After I graduated I moved back home and started working for an environmental consultancy. I was initially employed as an administration assistant but then progressed to becoming a project manager looking after my own team and overseeing various contracts throughout the UK. I worked full time whilst studying the Legal Practice Course (LPC) which I completed in June 2018.
q: What course/ qualification did you complete prior to your training contract?
a: I completed my A-Levels at Stockton Sixth Form College in 2011 and then went straight to the University of Hull to study LLB Law with German Law and Language. My degree was a four year course with one year spent studying in Germany. I graduated in 2015 and then took one year out to work full time so that I could save some money to fund the LPC myself. In September 2016 I started the LPC at Northumbria University. I attended the part time course which is one day a week over two years so that I could continue to work full time.
q: Which team is your current seat in and which previous teams have you been part of during your training contract?
q: Why did you apply to work at Archers Law?
a: I wanted to undertake my training contract with a local law firm. Archers Law is one of the region’s leading law firms and is recognised for the work it does for both private and business clients. I was attracted to the prospect of being able to train in various areas of law as Archers offers such a broad range of services.
q: What is your favourite thing about working at Archers Law?
a: The people who work here are lovely and there’s always someone to help you if needed. It’s also great to have the opportunity to network with clients and professional contacts through events that the firm organises.
q: What skills have you developed during your training contract with Archers?
a: I have developed practical skills during my training contract which aren’t necessarily taught at University. I hope to develop these further and to continue to build my confidence.
q: What activities/ hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
a: I’m a Boro fan so can be found most Saturdays at the Riverside Stadium supporting my team.
More details on applying for a training contract at Archers Law can be found here.