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Law School alumna called to the Bar of England and Wales

UEA Law Alumna Ellena Forman called to Bar

Many congratulations to UEA Law School alumna Ellena Forman who has been called to The Bar of England and Wales by the The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Ellena’s 'Call Night', held on Thursday 27th July 2017 in the 12th-century Temple Church, celebrated her completion of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), the vocational requirement towards becoming a fully qualified barrister.

It was a proud day for Ellena and her family:

“Knowing that the constant work experience; the late night cramming sessions and the wobbly moments (and yes there were plenty of those) have all been worth it, I am so, so excited for the future. I wish to say thank you to my fellow UEA students, who are my dearest friends, and my amazing family for all of their support”.

Ellena will now undertake a pupillage (commencing September 2018) with Fenners Chambers in Cambridge (the leading barristers’ chambers in the East of England, Legal 500). She will specialise in Criminal, Family and Employment Law.

Route to the Bar

Ellena studied for her LLB Law degree at UEA Law School and graduated in 2015 with first-class honours. She was particularly grateful for the support she received from Law School academic staff:

“Deborah Ives was my academic advisor, she pushed me to achieve the best grades I possibly could in my final year because she knew how competitive it would be for me. A fantastic teacher with a genuine heart who I will forever be grateful to. Nick Scharf and Rob Heywood were also incredible teachers who were always at the end of an e-mail and willing to go that extra mile for their students

Throughout her degree, Ellena was actively involved in many of the extra-curricular activities made available to students at UEA and worked hard to distinguish herself from others by building an impressive record of work experience.

“I was an active member of the UEA Law Society for the entirety of my time at UEA and I have no doubt that participating in mooting and going from beginner’s mooter to Head of Mooting has played a huge part in what I have achieved.

There was no opportunity to gain experience that I said no to; I worked for local solicitor’s firms, volunteered as an appropriate adult at local police stations and shadowed and assisted Barristers. I did this all whilst studying for my degree and holding down a job at the Student Union. My ability to juggle numerous responsibilities was respected by Chambers when I later went for interviews.”

We asked Ellena to give her advice to aspiring barristers:

"If this is your dream and you can’t see yourself doing anything but this, then don’t let anybody tell you that you won’t make it. Whatever field of law you choose, dedicate your time to proving your interest and commitment to that field and focus on taking part in activities that make you stand out from the crowd. Be careful not to under estimate how challenging the process will be and be prepared to work harder than ever before, but if you hold on to your common sense, your humour and your humility – the Bar will be yours for the taking!"

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