Jemma Burt completed a degree in law at the University of Lincoln, graduating in 2011. Very keen on a career in law, but not wishing to study immediately, and conscious of student debt, Jemma opted for paid work and joined Sills & Betteridge LLP in November 2012 as an office assistant. Her aim was to start at the bottom and work her way up.
Commenting Jemma said, “During my time as an office assistant I witnessed several colleagues working towards their Legal Executive qualification, organised and funded by Sills & Betteridge LLP. After a year working as an office assistant I was offered a junior paralegal position in the Personal Injury Department.”
Having taken on her own case load, Jemma opted to also study at the weekends to do the Graduate Fast Track Diploma, and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in June 2017.
Jemma added, “I decided that it was the best option for me. It was difficult to study at the same time as learning how to do a new job, but I am really glad now that I chose to take this route. I am grateful to Sills & Betteridge LLP for the opportunities they have offered me. I started at the Firm without any office or legal experience and I am now a Chartered Legal Executive. I would not have been able to do this without their support.”
Her next goal is to become an Accredited Personal Injury Practitioner under the SRA scheme.
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