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Politician — Baroness Warsi

Baroness Warsi - a lawyer, businesswoman and the first Muslim to serve in the British cabinet - studied her LPC at The University of Law (ULaw) and was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 2017

I came from a generation of Asian women whose career was chosen by their mother. I was given law – a wise choice by my mum. When I was at ULaw, I really valued the quality of our professors and great debates we had.

Law is a fabulous training ground for a career in politics as the skillsets are very similar. Both law and politics require the ability to absorb vast amounts of information and digest it into consumable arguments. Years in court were the perfect training for answering questions as a minister at the despatch box.

How can students make the most of their time at law school? By reading, reading and reading a little bit more and then discussing, discussing and discussing a little bit more.

Law students and young lawyers can best contribute to society by always giving up some time for pro bono work.

It's important to have diversity in the legal profession and in politics. Those who seek to speak for us, either as legal or political representatives, need to look, think and represent all of Britain.

My top tip for succeeding in a legal career is be prepared to grab an opportunity with both hands when it presents itself. I did so in my 20s and I started my own legal practice.

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