Meet two City BVS graduates – one Malaysian, one from The Bahamas – who are rewriting the rules by not heading to their home jurisdictions after graduating and choosing to forge legal careers here in the UK.
Join Sammy and Khaliq in a relaxed discussion with Nikki Walsh and Adrienne Yong about how graduates can start to build a career roadmap towards the Bar of England & Wales, how to navigate some of the common challenges facing international graduates and what to do in the time in between graduating and obtaining pupillage.
About the speakers
Sammy Chen is an aspiring barrister, living in London. She currently works as the Paralegal at 7BR, one of the largest multidisciplinary sets in London where she enjoys a varied and dynamic workplace full of new experiences and exciting legal work.
Before this, she obtained a 2:1 in Law from King’s College London and completed her Bar vocational training at City University in 2021, graduating with Very Competent.
Sammy’s international roots stem from being Malaysian Chinese and she enjoys meeting new people, going to shows or trying new cafes with friends and watching anime. Read more about Sammy.
Khaliq Martin is a City BVS graduate (2021-22) from The Bahamas. He currently works as a Paralegal for the UK’s Government Legal Department in His Majesty's Treasury (HMT) in London and is eager to pivot towards pupillage.
Prior to the BVS, Khaliq studied in Canada followed by achieving a First Class honours LLB from the University of Kent where he also co-founded the Afrodiasporic Legal Network, the institution's first black law student network.
For the BVS, Khaliq was awarded the Stanley Levy Memorial Scholarship (Middle Temple) and the City Law School Academic Scholarship award.
In 2022, he was selected to participate in the 10,000 Black Interns scheme with The Bar Council of England and Wales, gaining exposure from several chambers in London. Read more about Khaliq.
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