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Adeel Bashir

Adeel graduated from Teesside and is now a trainee solicitor.

Adeel Bashir

LLB (Hons) Law

Teesside was my first choice given its excellent reputation for teaching.

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

When I was deciding which University to attend, Teesside was my first choice given its excellent reputation for teaching. Living locally, I was also aware of the significant investment into the campus and facilities. Although I was in no doubt about which university I wanted to attend, I was unsure about which course I wanted to study. Attending a law open day allowed me to immerse myself into realities of the law degree. The support available, mock courtroom and Teesside Law Clinic helped make up my mind – this was the subject for me.

What did you enjoy most about studying at Teesside?

The best thing about studying at Teesside has to be the people. Before I started the course, I was told of the open-door policy at the University and four years later, I can confirm the doors still have not closed. The lecturers were great and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve a first-class degree without their guidance. Equally, the friends I made during the Degree have now become lifelong friends. In summary, my time at Teesside University was great, a lot of laughs and a lot of fun.

How did your time at university help prepare you for your career?

Undertaking the Law Degree was a major personal challenge, but given the opportunities, guidance and support available at Teesside University, there is no doubt that this has helped to prepare me for my current career. The core modules focused on the key principles, providing me with the essential knowledge required for a career in law. In addition, I gained practical legal experience by working in the Teesside Law Clinic. This enabled me to develop a broad set of transferable skills, including how to interpret, analyse and apply legal concepts and information to real clients – skills I now apply on a daily basis.

Did you use the careers service while you were studying?

The careers service were always on-hand to provide me with application advice and tips, mock interviews and general support. I also took part in the Diversi-Tees initiative where I was mentored by a senior executive of an international company. This enabled me to self-reflect and facilitated the development of my employability skills – particularly my commercial awareness and confidence. It was an invaluable experience which provided me with the key skills for a career as a commercial lawyer.

What have you been doing since you graduated?

Since graduating, I have spent a year in Leeds undertaking the Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School, where I achieved a distinction. I am now working as a trainee solicitor at The Endeavour Partnership LLP, a local commercial law firm, with international reach. I have experienced a wide variety of work thus far with no consecutive day ever the same. From drafting legal documents, attending client meetings and court, to reviewing commercial contracts and leases, I have gained a true measure of what life as a commercial lawyer is like – interesting and eventful! I am extremely ambitious, so one day I would like to become a partner of a law firm – be that my own or another firm.