Suhail Alloo’s aim was always clear – to become a qualified lawyer.
As any qualified lawyer will testify, it’s a challenging journey that requires commitment, hard work and – naturally – the successful pursuit of key qualifications through education. That’s why Suhail got in touch with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and successfully applied for an interest-free education loan.
“I completed my law degree in 2009,” he explains.
“In order to qualify as a solicitor, it’s currently a requirement to complete the Legal Practice Course and complete a training contract. It was always my aim to qualify as a lawyer; therefore I had always known that I would be required to go beyond undergraduate study.”
From Leicester, Suhail made contact with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity after speaking to a friend, who had also benefited from the support available.
“The application was clear, concise and smooth,” admits Suhail in reference to the Charity’s process for education loan applicants.
“My loan was put towards the cost of the Legal Practice course. I studied part-time at De Montfort Law School and the course enhanced my knowledge and my way of applying the law to disputes. It was a challenging course, but one with great reward. Successfully completing the course was a great personal achievement and has opened the possibility of me being able to qualify as a solicitor.”
One step closer to achieving his goal, Suhail is currently considering whether to complete the Professional Skills Course, which will allow him to cross-qualify as a solicitor.
“Since graduating, I decided to qualify as a lawyer through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX),” says Suhail. “I was able to become a member of CILEX at graduate level having completed the Legal Practice Course. Once I had met the qualification criteria, I submitted a portfolio of my work, which was assessed. That portfolio was accepted, which subsequently led to me qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in July 2017. In my role, I manage a caseload of legal matters relating to civil, property and employment disputes.
“As a qualified Chartered Legal Executive, I was exempt from having to complete a training contract, so I am now considering completing the Professional Skills Course.”
It’s a fantastic story so far; one that The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is pleased to have been able to support – and Suhail insists that anybody wishing to achieve their career goals should get in touch and use the support available.
“The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provided me with the means to complete the Legal Practice Course. I would not be where I am today had I not been able to complete the Legal Practice Course. Therefore, I am ever grateful and would encourage others to apply to the Charity, should they wish to achieve their career goals!”