Alumni Obtains Prestigious Training Contract

Former student, Tafadzwa Mupfururi has recently secured a prestigious training contract with Clyde & Co LLP London, in his second year of university.

Tafadzwa attended St Edmund’s Catholic School in Portsmouth from 2011 to 2013 before enrolling at Portsmouth College. He achieved a strong set of GCSE results and went on to achieve fantastic results at A Level including a B in English Language, B in Geography, Distinction* in Criminology, A in Sociology and an A in Law.

He had the following to say about his experience at the College:

“The courses I studied were the highlight of my time at Portsmouth College.They gave me the opportunity to explore the different careers I was interested in and consider which university course I might want to study. My teachers helped me enormously with making these big decisions. I am eternally grateful for the support they gave me and making me feel like I could go on and achieve, regardless of my background”

Tafadzwa subsequently progressed on to study Law at the University of Surrey and is currently doing exceptionally well, about to start his third and final year of study:

“In terms of what I have enjoyed at university so far, I would say the challenge of having to balance my studies and other extracurricular activities. Time management is an essential skill for a career in the legal profession, so being able to develop it at this stage is a huge bonus. I have also enjoyed the challenge of adapting my learning styles to different modules”

Tafadzwa combined his intense studying with a whole range of additional opportunities and has recently been offered a training contract with Clyde & Co LLP in London. This was offered to him following a challenging two-week summer vacation scheme at the international firm.

With regards to his journey up to this point, he commented:

“I went to university thinking I would pursue a career as a criminal barrister. To ascertain this desire, I undertook various relevant work experience placements including a mini-pupillage in London at 5 Paper Buildings Chambers in the summer of 2017. I certainly enjoyed my time there with both qualified and pupil barristers whom I spent a week shadowing. Whilst I enjoyed the experience thoroughly, it was a real reality check as to whether this was the kind of lawyer I wanted to be. I realised I did not find criminal law to be as engaging in practice as I found it in the classroom and from that point onwards I turned my focus to commercial law. During my vacation placement with Clyde & Co, I worked in the Shipping department where the work was mostly litigation. I completed various tasks such as legal and commercial research for clients and lawyers in the firm and I also attended hearings at the Rolls building to hear cases involving large international clients. I also drafted letters to the London Court of International Arbitration on behalf of a number of clients. Securing a training contract before graduating has perhaps been the best part of my time at university so far and I cannot thank the team at Portsmouth College enough for helping me on this journey.”

Training contracts are extremely competitive with up to and often exceeding, seventy applications per place in many firms. Students usually face this challenge in their third year of university or in many cases, after they have graduated, so for Tafadzwa to obtain a contract in his second year is testament to his hard work and determination. Tafadzwa has very kindly agreed to return to Portsmouth College periodically to offer advice and guidance to budding lawyers and share his story of success. We wish him the absolute best of luck and look forward to seeing him as a qualified solicitor in a few years time.

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