Interview with Ria Moody from Barclays: top tips for law students

Interview with Ria Moody from Barclays: top tips for law students

Aspiring in-house solicitors - increasing the visibility of the in-house career path

From Lexis®PSL In-house: In the fifth part of our series looking at the work of Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation aiming to increase diversity in the legal profession, Ria Moody, an associate in the operations and technology legal team at Barclays, shares what motivated her to become an ambassador and offers her top tips for students wanting a career in law.

Ria MoodyWhat is your background?

I am an associate working in the operations and technology legal team at Barclays. I have been in this role since I qualified in 2013.

Why did you sign up to be a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors?

I first learned about Aspiring Solicitors via a colleague at Barclays who was going to assist at an Aspiring Solicitors commercial awareness event and was asking for volunteers to accompany him. At the event I was struck by founder Chris Whites' energy and enthusiasm, and by how much the attendees seemed to be getting out of the experience. I asked Chris how I could become more involved and he suggested becoming a professional ambassador. I signed up on the spot.

In your opinion, what more could the in-house community be doing

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.