My legal life: Shirley Brookes

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I went to a comprehensive school in a steel town in south Wales which did not have much in the way of careers advice – and so nobody suggested law to me. But I like structure in my life and a plan to work to. I started to consider law as I was attracted to a degree which led to a definite career. At that time, I was also influenced by TV and loved a US drama called Paperchase, about a young man from an underprivileged background studying law at Harvard. I am sure my family would also say that I loved arguing and so that also would have influenced me.

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