Student from Royal Latin School shortlisted for legal scholarship scheme

Valerie Warman, Partner at Freeths, right, presenting a certificate of recognition to shortlisted candidate, Carys Thompson, from Buckingham's Royal Latin School.

Valerie Warman, Partner at Freeths, right, presenting a certificate of recognition to shortlisted candidate, Carys Thompson, from Buckingham's Royal Latin School.

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A student at The Royal Latin School in Buckingham is one of seven outstanding students shortlisted for national law firm Freeths’ 2015 Legal Scholarship Scheme.

If she is successful, Carys Thompson will have the opportunity to carry out paid work experience within the firm’s Milton Keynes office.

Now in its third year, the award scheme provides a student with invaluable experience into the life of a commercial lawyer as well as contributing to their personal development. The winner will receive a bursary that will help them to fund their studies.

At the end of May, seven exceptional candidates from local schools were invited to spend the afternoon at the Milton Keynes office where they learnt about the work of commercial lawyers and their career paths.

Future trainee solicitor Laura Robertson, who was involved in the selection process, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for a law student as it can be incredibly competitive to secure a job in the legal sector after university.

“This scholarship will provide a student with the ability to stand out when it comes to making job applications by demonstrating not only that a national law firm has recognised their potential, but also that they have experienced first hand how a legal practice works. Having spent time researching law firms whilst applying for training contracts, I know this is a unique initiative that will help to develop lawyers of the future.”

Partner Valerie Warman, who masterminded the scheme, said: “We’ve been running the scheme for three years now and every year we are really encouraged by the enthusiasm and calibre of the applicants. It was encouraging to see students using their initiative with a significant enthusiasm to gain hands-on experience at a law firm. The finalists all demonstrated the potential to succeed in a law career and we wish them the best of luck in their future studies.”

Valerie Warman presented a certificate of recognition to Carys Thompson.