Wed 27 Sep 2023

National Inclusion Week: Routes into the Legal Profession

In light of National Inclusion Week, Christopher Barr shares his experience of the route he took to enter the legal profession.

Christopher Barr is a Trainee Solicitor in the firm's Commercial Contracts team. 

My journey into the legal profession did not follow the traditional route. I graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Degree in Physiology, whilst working in the telecommunications industry. It was here I developed a strong passion for helping others and gaining a better understanding of commercial problems that had to be overcome.

I decided that a career in the legal industry would complement my skill set and allow me to help others in a more meaningful way. I completed the Graduate Degree at Strathclyde University whilst being an active member of the Law Clinic, then Progressed to the Diploma.

As a mature student, I wanted to work for a firm that shared the same core values and would allow me to develop both as an individual and as a solicitor. Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP was an obvious choice for me as it was somewhere I felt would appreciate my past experiences and invest in my future. I have recently commenced my traineeship with the firm and have been involved in many interesting tasks already.

I look forward to what the next two years will bring. My advice to anyone thinking about going into a legal career from a non-traditional route is that it is more accessible than you think and it is never too late for change!

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