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Rezwan Azam

My name is Rezwan Azam and I am third year Law student of the University of Westminster. Walking into the induction day venue, you’re struck by how friendly the entire team are; not only the BLD Foundation team, but also all of the sponsors. Everybody is genuinely happy to see you there and truly looking forward to helping you. You are put at ease by the personable nature of all the people involved. Moving away from the people the content of the induction day is also phenomenal. These vary from the interactive and very relevant commercial awareness session, to the more abstract but nevertheless interesting and useful self-empowerment session, culminating in the entire room attempting to do a “wonder woman” pose to feel less stressed! Further still the chemistry between Joel and Puneet during the Interview Skills session, where various other members of the team also got involved show the relationship between the trustees and sponsors is a good one and serves to highlight they are genuinely all there to help. This leads to a greater sense of gratefulness and appreciation for the scheme and genuine warmth towards the staff.

Overall the scheme itself is very useful, and a wonderful opportunity, but this goes without saying. It is what leads to the competitive nature of being chosen to be part of the Legal Launch Pad. The thing that struck me most and thus which I thought worth highlighting most is the desire for not only the individual students to succeed, but the desire of the team for them all to succeed to which becomes very clear at the induction event.

Rez

 

Yvonne Dang

My name is Yvonne and I am a third year Law student of the University of Westminster. The induction day was hosted at DLA Piper and was amazing! I definitely felt very privileged to be one of the participants on the Legal Launch Pad (LLP) programme!

Throughout the day, we were very fortunate to have a wide range of brilliantly engaging speakers who covered everything from commercial awareness to career planning. The highlight for me was definitely when speakers shared their personal experiences and paths to their current positions. Moreover, the panel of previous LLP students or “LLP Alumni” helped to emphasise that each and every one of us have the potential to attain success if we put our minds to it. Networking over drinks at the closing reception was a lovely end to the day as this gave everyone the opportunity to speak to fellow participants as well as professionals from different firms and organisations.

In summary the day was absolutely jam-packed with very useful information and advice which in turn made me more motivated about my own career aspirations. I am now really looking forward to forthcoming events in the year which will help develop my existing skills and am even more excited about my legal work placements.

Yvonne

 

Tamim Momeni

My name is Tamim Momeni, and I am currently a second year Law student at the London School of Economics. I am currently aiming to secure a training contract at a City law firm.

A few days after the BLD Foundation accepted me onto their competitive LLP programme, was the Launch of the Black Letter Law Publication by BLD, which I attended to meet the people behind the organisation, and get to the heart of what the Foundation is about. Shortly after arriving at the event held at Baker and McKenzie LLP, I recognised the attendance of a well-known High Court judge, The Hon. Mr Justice Singh, who was speaking to numerous students and his presence compelled me to ask him about his journey into the legal profession. Minutes later, I was astonished to see an increasing number of high-calibre lawyers arriving and witnessed the respect BLD receives from the legal community. I became overwhelmed and did not know with whom to speak first. The most interesting part of the evening was seeing the transformation that individual students had made through the LLP programme. I recognised the Foundation's desire to support and transform talented individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds to achieve at their optimum level, and this fact marked, for me, what the BLD Foundation is truly about.

 

Then on January 2013, I attended the Induction Day for the start of the LLP programme, which included a host of different sessions including, among other things, listening to numerous inspirational presentations from senior lawyers as well as the student alumni, given a talk about how to effectively tackle logical and verbal reasoning tests from the people who develop them, and networking with senior legal professionals. More recently, I had the indispensable opportunity to meet my mentor, who was assigned to me by the programme, to help me achieve my career goals by providing me with continuous support and guidance. In all honesty, it is difficult to explain the motivation and inspiration that I have felt so far on this programme. My experience of the Legal Launch Pad programme has proved to me that it will drive me closer to my goals and help turn my dreams into reality. I strongly recommend the Legal Launch Pad programme to anyone who has an interest in law because it will be an exceptional journey that will transform you, where you would be made to feel very special, and will have the opportunity to meet unbelievable people, receive infinite support, as well as open the door to unlimited opportunities.

Tamim

 

Jahedul Hussain

My name is Jahedul Hussain. The Induction Event was very well organised. It included talks and interactive sessions covering a range of aspects related to securing a career in the legal profession. I particularly enjoyed the application process session. This is because I found the speakers engaging, enthusiastic, and entertaining, and the session was very informative and useful. The content covered in that session included how to write an application, common mistakes to avoid, and interview techniques.

Another thing I enjoyed was the session on confident speaking. The speaker was very enthusiastic and this kept me engaged throughout her session. She taught us how to be confident and articulate speakers. These skills are crucial attributes for anyone looking to become a lawyer. We learnt a few stances to help us with our nerves before any big event or interviews. This included spreading our weight by leaning on an object and a ‘power stance’ to reduce anxiety. This was thoroughly enjoyable.

One of my highlights of the day has to be the inspirational talk by Sandie Okoro. WOW! After the session, my self-esteem was at a high. She gave me so much confidence and made me reflect on my life and where I am now. I haven’t had the best upbringing or a privileged life but I have worked incredibly hard to get where I am; a final year Law student at King’s College London and a candidate on the BLD Foundation’s LLP Programme. This made me realise that I can achieve my potential and any obstacles to success can be destroyed. Sandie gave me the motivation to go and realise my potential. Her buzz words have been entrenched in my mind.

Finally, the networking event was a great way to meet professionals and my peers in an informal setting.

Jahedul

 

 

 


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