Catch up with Alumni: Philip Gordon Cowburn

Year of Graduation: 2018

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What are you doing now that you have graduated? 

1. I am Studying for the Bar at Nottingham Law School.

2. I am an Associate Lecturer in Law at DeMontfort University Law School.

3. I am a practising County Court Advocate in England and Wales.

4. I run my own Advocacy Service,, which specialises in University Hearings.

5. I sit as a Magistrate on the Nottinghamshire Justices’ Bench.

How did you feel after you graduated? 

I felt a sense of achievement and also a sense of pride. A good law degree is not something that comes easily but if you work hard it pays off. Graduation shows you that, it is the culmination of that hard work so take a couple of minutes on that day to reflect and take stock.

What advice would you give to current students from an employability perspective? 

My one piece of advice would be to make sure that you put yourself out there. Never hesitate in doing something because you don’t feel that you’re good enough, there are plenty of people who’ll tell you that you can’t, but all it actually takes for you to succeed is for you to be the one to tell yourself that you can and then be the one to work hard.

No matter what you want to do, work at it and you’ll get there – if you think you can’t then you’re right, but if you think you can – then you’re right.

What are your plans for the future? 

I intend on continuing to develop my practice once I am called to the Bar. The natural step for me would be a criminal and professional disciplinary pupillage, however, I’m realistic as to the probabilities.

I enjoy teaching and I enjoy the practice I have now, so in-between call and pupillage (if there is an in-between), I’ll more than likely continue to do what I enjoy.