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Success for Legal Secretary students offered jobs at top law firms

Job offers at top international law firms have already been made to four impressive students on the CILEx Legal Secretaries course – even though they have not yet finished their studies.

Chloe Baldwin, Jae Bagwell and Emily Gilkes-Tarsey have secured contracts with Linklaters and Lois Steel has been offered a position at Cameron McKenna (CMS) – all based in London.

The girls were ecstatic when they found out they had been chosen from the many other applicants on similar Legal Secretarial courses at colleges in Basildon, Thurrock, Dartford, Southend, South Essex and Barking, among others. They will start work in August this year and can complete their College course without having the added stress of looking for employment.

Legal Secretarial tutor Emma Gorman said: “Chloe, Jae and Emily submitted CVs to Linklaters and were then invited to take part in first round interviews in January. They were successful in those, so were given a two-week work experience placement and on the final day, they had second interviews with department heads. We were recently contacted and told that out of seven available positions on the Trainee Legal Secretary scheme, Linklaters had offered three of them to our girls.

“These are the first successful students to secure employment directly from College this year and we are extremely proud of their efforts and wish them every success.”

Lois had sent her CV to CMS bosses and was invited on a work experience placement which she attended every Friday. She was then offered the job after impressing the interview panel and completing assessment tests to a very high standard.

Lois said: “I really enjoyed my work experience and can’t wait to start working there in the summer. It’s really exciting.”

Emily said: “We are all so pleased – we can’t believe we’ve been offered these jobs out of all the students who applied. I was so surprised I cried when I heard and then my mum started crying too!”