Course curriculum

    1. Meet the panel of ex-City lawyers

    1. Our journeys into the City

    1. What we liked about being a lawyer

    1. Why Hannah left law for journalism

    2. Why Michael went in-house and then into strategy and operations

    3. Why Giles left law for legal tech

    4. Why Jake left law for a portfolio career

    1. Hannah's career in journalism

    2. Michael's career in strategy and operations

    3. Giles' career in legal tech

    4. Jake's portfolio career

    1. Key transferable legal skills

Alternative careers in and outside of law

  • 20 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content


Journalist Hannah McCarthy

Hannah is a journalist based in Beirut reporting on the Middle East. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and Condé Nast. She also produces radio reports and documentaries for RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster. Before becoming a journalist Hannah worked for Freshfields in the UK and Russia, as well as for Kirkland & Ellis in London. She holds a law and business degree from Trinity College, Dublin and a masters in public policy from the University of Cambridge.

Strategy & Operations (Revolut) Michael Hey

Michael is from Perth, Australia, where he studied Law before moving to the UK. He trained at Freshfields (with Jake), before becoming one of fintech unicorn Revolut's first in-house lawyers. He then transitioned into a fully commercial role, leaving his practising certificate behind to work on strategy and operations for Revolut's crypto team.

Head of Growth (Avvoka) Giles Thompson

Giles spearheads Avvoka’s growth strategy, which involves working with in-house legal teams, leading law firms, and businesses. Previously, Giles worked as a City lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills and Kirkland & Ellis. Giles also has in-house experience working for BP’s in-house legal team and in the regulatory division of PAX Labs/Juul.

City Career Series Founder & Ex-Freshfields Lawyer Jake Schogger

Jake Schogger is a qualified lawyer, career coach, entrepreneur, author, copywriter and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of City Career Series, a publishing company that has sold ~50,000 handbooks designed to help students secure City careers, including the critically acclaimed Commercial Law Handbook. He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and now acts as a legal adviser to start-ups and scale-ups, whilst also working as a career coach and delivering career-related presentations at universities across the UK. In addition, Jake works with tech start-ups and runs a variety of his own businesses, including a creative/commercial consultancy (Fresh Perspective) and a luxury cake business (Whisk & Drizzle). For more information, visit: and or search for “City Career Series” on YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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