Former student set to become Barrister

29th November 2022

A former student from Stratford-upon-Avon College is celebrating gaining a Pupillage at the Crown Prosecution Service which will lead to her dream career of becoming a Barrister.

Ever since school, Samantha Warner knew she wanted a career in law. In Year 9, she took part in a mock trial competition and from then on, she was hooked. After years of training, Samantha is extremely pleased to get to this point and will begin her position next year.

Samantha Warner
Samantha Warner is so excited for her new role

Samantha studied Psychology, Politics and Law at the College from 2012 to 2014. She chose Stratford-upon-Avon College for many reasons: “I came to the open day and I felt like I would have freedom, my tutor was excellent and I felt I could be myself.”

On her time at the College, Samantha recalls: “I was able to talk to my teachers who spoke to me about law and career options and that was really helpful. I was taught a lot of self-sufficiency that helped teach me discipline.”

After College, Samantha studied her Law degree at the University of Law in Birmingham and then continued on to do a Masters of Law (including the BPTC) and was called to the Bar in 2020. The next step for Samantha was to get pupillage. However, this process is incredibly competitive, with thousands of people applying for very few places.

After a lot of hard work and perseverance, Samantha was offered a position at East Midlands Crown Prosecution Service to start next year. Samantha is delighted: “I have been focused on being a practising barrister for so long, so getting to the next step on this journey is amazing and I am enjoying now the time where I can appreciate where I have got to.”

Samantha will continue in her current role as a Paralegal in Criminal Law until she begins her pupillage next year.

For anyone who wants a career in the world of law, Samantha advises: “Be determined and know it’s what you want!”

Congratulations Samantha!

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