Ex-Varndean Languages Student, Helen Pamely, Gains Prestigious Law Placement

After studying Law with German and German Law at Nottingham University and leaving with a first, ex-Varndean Modern Languages student, Helen Pamely, has secured a placement at Linklaters, a very successful international law firm.

Helen Pamely

from left: Marie Phillips and Stephanie Jurado, modern languages tutors, Helen Pamely, Linda Moss, Head of Languages.

Linklaters will cover the costs of her six and a half month LPC (Legal Practice Course) to become a solicitor. Then, in 2013, she will go on to do a two year training course with the law firm which will offer her a host of opportunities.

The fact that she specialised in Modern Languages at A-Level and at degree level meant that she could travel to Germany to complete an internship with an international American law firm in Berlin. This was the key that helped her to gain her Linklaters placement.

Varndean College’s Head of Languages, Linda Moss, said: ‘Helen was a brilliant linguist. She started with As at GCSE and ended up virtually fluent in both French and German! And it’s great to see how languages can give added value to gaining a career in a tough area like law.’

Before her law course starts in July next year, Helen is living in Nottingham and working temporarily as a Legal Data Contractor at Rolls-Royce.

After the two years, she will be fully qualified and hopes to be kept on at Linklaters. She aims for a long and successful career there. Helen said: ‘It is a very competitive profession. You have to be disciplined and really hard-working.’