A FORMER Solihull Student has been called to the Bar in London after a rapid ascension into a career in law.
Gemma Witherington, aged 24 said she initially thought of a career in marketing or journalism and had recently completed a degree in public relations at Bournemouth University.
But, it all changed after she chose to study a law module.
"I had a complete change of heart," she said.
"I called a law school and told them I'd decided I wanted to be a lawyer - they said 'good for you but you would still need to apply!'."
Determined Gemma sat a preliminary exam and within a few days of being accepted, moved to London to start a law course.
There are tens of thousands of law graduates each year, but only around 500 applicants are selected to become barristers making Gemma one of the lucky few.
"Thank God it all paid off," said the former Tudor Grange and Solihull Sixth Form pupil.
"Because of restrictions, you can only apply to 12 chambers in the summer and 12 in the autumn. "It's a pretty tough procedure with exams and advocacy days and I'm ecstatic to have been selected after my first applications."
Gemma applied to chambers in Birmingham and London and was called to the Bar, the official term for becoming a barrister, by 2 Grays Inn Square in London.
She will begin her 12 month period of pupillage next year, during which time she will be tutored by an experienced barrister.
Proud Dad Bob Witherington said: "We are all extremely proud she has achieved her goal after working so hard to become a barrister."