March 23, 2022

Charters School Careers Fair – Friday 18 March 2022

This post was written by: Ilinca Mardarescu

This month, Aston Bond attended the Charters School careers fair. This was a great opportunity to help the year 9 to 13’s in deciding their next steps in life.

We talked to lots of students throughout the day about what day to day life is like for a solicitor in law firm, and the routes to qualifying as a solicitor with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (the ‘’SQE’’).  The SQEs are the new form of exams you must now take to qualify as a solicitor. Many students were especially surprised to learn you do not need a law degree to qualify as a solicitor. Students gained a lot of useful tips on what to do during your route to qualifying as a solicitor, such as getting lots of work experience! Students learned the difference between solicitors and barristers and we sat on the panel of a number of Q&A sessions  at which students had the opportunity to ask us questions.  They also got to learn lots about the general balance of working life, not only for solicitors but from other career representatives which attended the fair.

We were so impressed by the enthusiasm, interest and the warm welcome we received from all at Charters School and hope to visit again soon.