Samantha Wilson (LLB 2006)

After having children at a relatively young age and prioritising my family commitments over my own ambitions for some years, it was always my plan to return to education and study for a Law degree, with the aim of being a solicitor. The part-time course at Buckingham enabled me to put my plan in action, even when combined with a job and three children. Over the four years, the course was intensive and challenging, but it never felt overwhelming. This was due to the quality and calibre of the lecturers as well as the support from the other students on the course. The course required hard work and self–discipline, but was immensely worthwhile and satisfying.

For me, achieving a First Class LLB (Hons) at Buckingham gave me the tools I needed to complete my LPC at the College of Law whilst simultaneously undertaking a part-time training contract with Franklins Solicitors. I finally qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 into the Private Client team at Franklins. I specialise in Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications and Trusts. I have continued to study and achieved membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in 2011. As well as dealing with a wide range of private clients, Franklins also encourages our team to offer support to local charities and groups and I have had the opportunity to work with charities such as Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Mencap.

For me, the Buckingham experience has been life changing in the best possible way.