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Katie Mustard

Katie has begun her law career as a Legal Assistant for a London-based solicitors after studying her LLB at the School of Law. She shares her insights for getting ahead in the legal sector.

Katie decided to study at Birmingham City University because of the range of option modules available and the placements that were on offer to students. And it was the placement module in the final year that she enjoyed the most about her course.

What are your top tips to get ahead in law?

Take opportunities for work experience where you can get them and get yourself out there in the real world to get real-life experience.

Always be prepared. If you've got an interview, plan ahead and do some work to find out more about the place before you get there.

Network and meet people while you're out and about, make contacts and maintain those contacts by keeping in regular communication.

What's the secret to being successful in law?

The main secret to success in my industry is having confidence in yourself and believing that you can achieve what you set out to do.

How can someone get the most from their course?

Always ask questions. That’s what the staff are here to help you with. The more questions you ask and the more opportunities you take, the more you will get from your degree.

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Legal Assistant at Kingsley Napley

LLB (Hons) Law

After graduating from her law degree, Katie achieved an Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), being called to the Bar in July 2014.

She then started her current job as a Legal Assistant, where she works in the Regulatory and Professional Discipline Practice Area.

Katie's job involves investigating and preparing fitness to practise cases on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). She also assists in defence cases before the General Medical Council (GMC).

During her degree, Katie undertook internships at a variety of law firms in the UK as well as completing an internship at the Innocence Project of Texas (IPOT) where she worked on death-row cases.