Case study

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) graduate — Miranda Brawn

Miranda studied the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The University of Law (ULaw)'s London Bloomsbury centre, and is now director of legal and transaction management at Daiwa Capital Markets

What were the benefits of postgraduate study?

My law qualifications have definitely helped me to realise my ambition of becoming a lawyer.

Studying law also gave me the extra confidence to make a real positive difference to the world. Since completing my legal qualifications, I've spoken at numerous corporate events, schools and universities, plus appeared on radio and television to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession - something that I'm very passionate about.

I've also become a director of a charity, a UK Global Poverty Ambassador, a patron for Black British Academics, and a board member for various diversity organisations such as the Black Cultural Archives and the City Women Network.

How did you deal with the challenges facing women and people from ethnic backgrounds who are looking to succeed in law?

As a female from an ethnic background, I've proven that it's possible to overcome barriers with the right amount of drive, intelligence, self-belief and determination.

I've also had an amazing support network that has guided me throughout my career, with excellent mentors providing me with advice that I can share with the next generation.

What advice would you give to those considering law?

Focus on the positive attributes that you can bring to the table. You should also network, finding a mentor or sponsor that can help you to succeed. Finally, never give up.

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