Ivy & Normanton Women

I&N Women: Olivia

I&N Women: Olivia

"The BPTC is a notoriously demanding course which makes you subject to an intense amount of constant pressure. I recently discovered being in lockdown with your family, whilst all working from home, can have a very similar effect.  After lockdown came into force my final weeks of BPTC teaching and advocacy exams moved online. I constructed a lectern from an off-balanced ironing board and hosted facetime calls with my family to test the clarity of the audio and strength of the internet connection throughout the house. This resulted in me having to sit one of my advocacy exams with my...

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I&N Women: Katie

I&N Women: Katie

"In many ways I have been extremely fortunate not to have had to deal this far with any of the challenges and changes that have been brought to bear on the profession as a result of lockdown: I have been on maternity leave since mid March 2020 and gave birth to my daughter in early April. I have felt very privileged to be able to let the worries and problems that my colleagues have dealt with pass me by almost entirely as I have focussed on my new baby and 3 year old son. However, radical change is yet to...

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I&N Women: Damilola

I&N Women: Damilola

"The journey to pupillage can be emotionally draining, even for the most sanguine applicants. I made my first effort at obtaining pupillage at the independent bar this year and was optimistic that I’d at least get an interview and find a way to charm the panel once I’d managed to edge my way into the room. But alas it wasn’t to be - at least not on this occasion. I received the rejection notification from my dream set on the day before my 27th birthday and immediately thought “not even an interview?” The reality is that for every applicant there are...

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I&N Women: Cat

I&N Women: Cat

"I’m a 43 year old single parent about to sit my BPTC finals before starting pupillage in Jan..."

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I&N Women: Karlia

I&N Women: Karlia

"The aim of the “I&N Women” blog is to publish stories of women in law so we can support and encourage each other through our shared experiences."

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