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Confessions of a First Class LLB Graduate

Spotlight: the Little Girl who worked hard…


My lovely readers.

Remember the story of the little girl that was aiming high in the big strange world? Today this same girl has a little something to tell you.

Hard work pays off.

Yes – exactly this. Over the last few months I have been working so hard to a point where I was starting to get insecure about whether it is all worth it. It may all sound a little too familiar to you. Particularly if you are an aspiring lawyer. But let me get into a little bit more detail.

Those of you who have read my blog would know that I am a final year LLB student. Those of you who know me would know that I wasn’t always as confident in my abilities as I am starting to be today. My confidence I owe to two people in particular – my mentors in life and at work, @emmersimms and @JCMFTOLL. And I am sure, if they are reading, they won’t be surprised to hear it :)

I’ve got to say it did take a load of work on their part to make me believe in my abilities. And I still find myself falling back in the black hole every once in a while.

One of those times was a few months ago when I was writing my legal dissertation. Even if you are still to go through that, you can probably imagine that it is not exactly fun. Nothing that involves a constant lack of sleep, overdose of caffeine and reading through hundreds of articles and cases is fun (I am still to be proven wrong on that one).

Anyway, I did write it and I did submit it eventually at the end of March. Those who know me could say that it wasn’t exactly fun being around me during the weeks before submission. To them, I sincerely apologise.

Submitting it wasn’t exactly fun either. It was a very strange feeling. Some would say it was, in a way, my ‘baby’. I didn’t want to part with it. And even more so, the idea of handing it in was, in a way, like handing the control over my degree classification, on to my law school. I did everything that was within my abilities. I thought I had done my best. Yet again, you can never be sure about these things, can you?

Well, it has been a month since then. A month of thinking about it, wondering if I did well. Wondering how much I would get.

Until today. I was revising for my exams when I received the following email from my dissertation supervisor:

Many congratulations on your dissertation.  I know the marks are provisional etc, but it really was an outstanding piece of work.  I suggest you consider publishing it.  A successful publication would be a remarkable achievement for your CV.

And then, two minutes later, I got this email from my dissertation co-ordinator:

I would like to congratulate you on achieving such a fantastic mark for your dissertation. You should be very proud of yourself as it is an exceptional mark. Well done.

You can imagine that I was already shaking by this point, trying to open the website with the results, which ironically refused to load for about 30 minutes.

And there it was… My result… I got a 1st! Not only a 1st, but a high 1st – 80!!!

I am still in a little bit of a shock. But I am utterly happy too. This has, by far, been the best news I have got since I started my final year!

So, here you are, my dear reader. Just in case you are in any doubt about whether hard work pays off, I’ll tell you now. You bet it does! I’d like to think I am just one living example…

Lawfully yours,



Author: Valya Georgieva

A recent first class LLB (Hons) graduate from the University of Portsmouth with over 2 years' experience in supporting the Litigation Department of a leading regional law firm. Currently leveraging social media in search for a training contract with a medium to large corporate/commercial practice. Part time LPC student at the University of Law, Guildford.

2 thoughts on “Spotlight: the Little Girl who worked hard…

  1. Totally and utterly deserved Vali :-) remember me when you’re the legal star :-)

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