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Chloe Ogley

Career Path: Pupil Barrister, Wilberforce Barristers
Location: Hull, UK

The need for people with the ability to stand up and speak for those who cannot represent themselves effectively is something I felt very strongly about. The independent bar is one of the few vocations where that skill is so vital and intrinsic, and I knew that I would gain great personal satisfaction and a real feeling of achievement from a successful career as a Barrister. I completed A-Levels in English, Psychology and History and then attended Northumbria University to study the combined LLB, LLM & BPTC programme. Thereafter, I spent two years working for Wilkin Chapman LLP as a Commercial Property Paralegal before securing pupillage at Wilberforce Chambers in Hull.

What are you doing now? Chloe Ogley

I am currently a second six pupil at Wilberforce Barristers in Hull. I practice in Family, Crime and Civil.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The reason I attended Northumbria was the Exempting course. At the time, Northumbria was the only university in the country to offer a course which combined an LLB, LLM as well as the BPTC. From a funding perspective this was much more beneficial for me. Before committing to the University I visited the campus and fell in love with the city. The campus is high quality and offers the highest range of facilities including a replica court room.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The types of studying offered at Northumbria were very varied with a good mix of lecture, seminars and team projects. The BPTC element provided practical sessions with instant feedback on a weekly basis.

How connected was your course with industry?

There were many opportunities to attend guest lectures from local practitioners who offered advice on their pathway to becoming a Lawyer. Many of the tutors on the course were also practising Barristers at local chambers which allowed us to build contacts. The highlight of my time at university was the incredible opportunity I was afforded which saw me and two others travel to New Delhi, India, to take part in the KK Luthra Mooting competition with other university students from all over the world - all of which was funded by the University.

What was the best thing about your course?

The tutors were really supportive especially during the BPTC element. My confidence grew as a result of their valuable feedback which undoubtedly helped through the interview process for pupillage.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Most of the students that I studied alongside have now secured pupillage or have accepted tenancy which is a testament to the University. The tailored course really does provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to set you apart from the crowd.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The main skill that I acquired from the course was the ability to deliver highly effective advocacy which is essential for a career at the bar. I also developed research skills whilst conducting tasks for mooting competitions, seminars and coursework, which are now invaluable to my practice.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The experience at Northumbria was like no other and I couldn't possibly pick one thing that I enjoyed the most. I am certain that I could not have had a more enjoyable time.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it, you will not regret it! If you have any doubts (which you shouldn't have) then go visit and you will see for yourself how amazing it is.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Unforgettable, challenging and brilliant.

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