Now a trainee solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London, Rami grew up in Dudley, West Midlands. She attended a local state school but achieved better GCSE grades than most of her peers.
Despite having no links to the legal profession in her family, she always aspired to practice law.
“From a young age my father impressed upon me the value of education and I always worked hard at school. I also quickly developed a fierce notion of right and wrong, and would find myself in many heated discussions with friends and family about the fairness of many different aspects of life. This naturally argumentative trait was one of the reasons I decided to study law at university.”
At sixth form, Rami was predicted 3 A grades in Mathematics, English Literature and Psychology, and consequently applied to study law at Oxford University.
As part of her application she was required to sit the then newly-founded LNAT, reading passages of text, answering related questions and writing a short essay about a topical issue in a bid to demonstrate her critical reasoning skills, comprehension and command of written English.
“I was in the first cohort of students to sit the LNAT and the structure was therefore relatively unfamiliar. I found the essay part of the test to be interesting, as unlike exams I was given the chance to express reasoned opinions in addition to stating pure facts. The multiple choice questions also had an element of subjectivity around them, and I think the skills required to answer them correctly are reflective of the skills which will be helpful as a law undergraduate, and later as a lawyer.”
She achieved her predicted grades at A-Level and was awarded a place at St Anne’s College, Oxford to study undergraduate law.
“When I applied to Oxford I never truly believed I would be accepted – applying to Oxford can feel a bit of lottery as so many excellent candidates apply. I will always be incredibly grateful for the privilege of spending three years as a student at Oxford. Most people know Oxford as being one of the world’s most beautiful and renowned universities, with excellent tutors and world-class resources. For me, Oxford was this and so much more – I made brilliant friends, I got involved with so many different activities, went to amazing social events and am even engaged to a fellow Oxford student!”
Rami achieved a 2:1 law degree, and was subsequently recruited by Freshfields, a renowned law firm. Rami is now working towards qualifying as a solicitor.