Law student wins coveted scholarship to help with studies

Law student wins coveted scholarship to help with studies

A law student from the University of Wolverhampton has been awarded the highly coveted Queen Mother’s Scholarship – offering her a step up to achieve her ambition of becoming a barrister.

Sarah Platts, 30 from Shrewsbury, has just finished studying a Law LLB Honours degree at the University of Wolverhampton and was awarded the scholarship after impressing an interview panel of judges made up of senior members of the legal profession.

The scholarship provides financial assistance for students who want to study for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).  As one of the most prestigious awards granted from The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, it is only given to a few outstanding candidates nationally each year.

Sarah said: “I am hoping that other law students will see this as evidence that the Bar is slowly changing, and that coming from Cambridge or Oxbridge is no longer an essential requirement.

“If you are talented they will take notice.  It has been a battle and I have had to work hard, but the University of Wolverhampton is unique in being able to provide so many legal volunteering and work experience opportunities, and these have really helped me to stand out from the rest.”

John Cotter, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Wolverhampton, said:  “The Queen Mother Scholarship is a real mark of distinction, highly sought after and only awarded to the most outstanding candidates in a very competitive environment.

“The whole team is delighted that Sarah impressed some very senior lawyers in her interview and of course we wish her well in the future.”

Sarah will use the scholarship to pay the £16,000 fees for her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which she will study next year at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Her ambition is to work in the commercial or criminal fields.

Anyone interested in studying Law should visit the next Open Day on Saturday 18th June 2016 and chat to staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Check out the range of courses on the website: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-social-sciences/university-of-wolverhampton-law-school/

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Date Issued: 11th June 2016

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