Magic Circle CV

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Jessica Davidson

10 New Street, Sheffield, SW1 1AB


I am a successful Languages graduate about to commence the Graduate Diploma in Law. Due to my range of career interests I have gained experience in a number of areas. My legal work experience has attracted me to business law, where I feel that the skills I have gained from my degree, work and other activities will be highly valued.


Leadership and Responsibility: I have been chosen to represent my peers on a number of occasions, at school council and as a university liaison student representative. As a classroom assistant I was responsible for helping groups of up to five students during language classes, a challenging job which I enjoyed immensely.

Written skills: I have developed a sophisticated written style and practised formulating arguments, both through academic essay-writing and producing leaflets and campaign literature for Manchester Students’ Union. During my time at Manchester I have helped to research and write manifestos in a number of campaigns for student representative groups.

Communication skills: Since completing my degree and year abroad I am fluent in three foreign languages; I have completed a number of translation projects including as a volunteer translator for Victim Support Manchester. I have also gained some valuable experience of public speaking, as part of the debating team in sixth form and presenting campaign events at Manchester Students’ Union.

Commercial awareness and organisation: As a sales assistant and waitress I developed excellent customer service skills and raised my awareness of business concerns in both retail and restaurant environments. I have acquired good time-management skills, juggling academic work with voluntary and extra-curricular commitments, which has also required consistent discipline and motivation.


The University of Manchester, First Class BA (Hons) Modern Foreign Languages, 2003-2007

Main subjectsAdvanced Spanish and French language, Beginner then Intermediate German; Modern Spanish history; German politics, French literature, and cultural studies

Year Abroad: Studied at Madrid University, Spain and Berlin University, Germany, then spent two months working at a summer camp in southwestern France.

Clarence High School, Sheffield, 1996-2003

A Levels; Spanish A, History A, French A

A/S Level: Biology A

GCSEs: 7 A*', 4 A                                                                                                    

Work Experience


Layland Law, London: Informal work placement, June 2007 (1 week)

At this small firm specialising in Personal Injury, I drafted letters and claims forms; assisted with market research; read and updated case files and attended hearings. I improved my confidence in these basic legal tasks and learned the importance of good file management and client care.

Smiths (Law Firm) London: Open Day, May 2007

I attended talks by associates, partners and trainees about the various aspects of their work in different practice areas; completed a Negotiation Skills workshop and talked to lawyers from the firm. The event provided a valuable closer look at the work and culture of an international commercial firm.

Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau: Volunteer, Sept 2006 – July 2007 

I joined the CAB to gain experience of advising clients in real-life situations, making use of my communication and interpersonal skills to help people with their legal problems. I successfully completed a training course to gain key skills.


Sheffield Meadow School: Classroom Assistant, Sept 2002 – June 2003

During my gap year before university I worked in a secondary school and assisted in language classes. I helped pupils with reading, writing and oral skills in French and Spanish. 

Pinetop Restaurant, Manchester: Waitress (part-time), March 2004 – June 2006

Stanton Stationers, Sheffield:  Sales Assistant (part-time), June 2001 – June 2003


  • I was awarded the final-year Modern Languages prize (2006-2007) at Manchester University for achieving top exam results
  • I was awarded the Clarence French prize for A level results in 2002
  • I have won medals for dancing in Latin and Modern dance

Extra Information

  • My main extra-curricular activities include music and dancing; I enjoy various forms of exercise such as running and swimming as well as dancing. I am a budding amateur surfer and intend to take further lessons this summer; I have also achieved various music grades in piano.

  • I speak and write fluent Spanish, French and German.