November 1, 2018
At the age of 20, Alisha Watson is the youngest employee of St James’ Square Law Firm. Having joined the firm in August 2017, Alisha is a conveyancing executive in the Real Estate Residential Conveyancing Department. She assists the team by working on property transactions, opening and closing files, and providing administrative support. However, for the past year, Alisha has also been studying alongside her full-time role to enable her to progress further with her career ambitions.
Alisha explains: “I loved school but didn’t feel the same way about Sixth Form so pursued an apprenticeship at a local law firm instead. I’d never thought about doing law before, but the opportunity was available, and I ended up sticking with it as it’s been really good.”
Since moving to St James’ Square after her apprenticeship had ended, Alisha has joined The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives which provides its members with the opportunity to qualify as lawyers without having to go to university. For the past year, Alisha has been studying the CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice and will progress onto the Level 6 Diploma, followed by completing the qualifying employment and becoming a legal executive.
“This would not have been possible though without the support of St James’ Square who are fully funding my studies. Although the course is cheaper than university, it’s still so expensive, especially as you have to pay for the membership and registration fees, the exams and the books too,” says Alisha. “I’m so grateful to the firm as I would not have been able to afford it without their funding.”
As the course is based on distance learning, Paul has acted as a mentor for Alisha. “We meet up once a week to go through certain areas of law that I’m studying,” she explains. “Paul was so excited about me studying the course and has been really proactive and supportive throughout.” Alisha received chocolates and a card when she passed her first set of exams and arrived at work to flowers on her desk after receiving the results of her second set of exams. She comments: “It’s the little things like that which make St James’ Square such a great place to work. Everyone is really friendly, and the support has been incredible.”