A law student at De Montfort University has been awarded a prestigious legal scholarship.
Harry Taylor, a third year student at Leicester De Montfort Law School, was awarded £10,000 by Middle Temple, one of four Inns of Court through which barristers are called to the Bar.
It will pay towards his BPTC, or Bar Professional Training Course, which is the next step on the journey to becoming a barrister.
Harry, from Market Bosworth, said: “When they first told me, I had to ring up and double check. I still cannot quite believe it.
“This has made a huge difference to me. “
The scholarships are seen as a vote of confidence in the student and an endorsement of their hard academic work as well as the quality of the university course.
The Law School is one of the few in the country which places special emphasis on advocacy and runs a module on advocacy skills for students. In addition, the Law school run an innovative Careers Project, established and run by senior law lecturer Louise Jacklin, a barrister for more than a decade.
Harry said the Careers Project and support from his lecturers had been invaluable in helping to prepare for the interview at Middle Temple.
The interviewing panel were also impressed with his experience as president of the DMU Law Society, which has involved public speaking and re-launching the university’s mooting competition which included holding the finals at London’s Supreme Court.
“I have enjoyed my time at De Montfort University very much,” he said. “I have gained a tremendous amount of experience as president of the Law Society and the course itself has been a huge help. The lecturers have been so encouraging and thanks to them I have discovered a love of public speaking, moots and debating.”
Louise Jacklin said she was delighted for Harry. She said: “It’s an endorsement by the legal profession of Harry’s potential at this early stage and a tremendous achievement.
“Harry has got the X Factor and that’s what he needs for the Bar. He will be a great ambassador for DMU and I am delighted for him. I am also delighted for the university as it endorses what we are doing as a law school and tells us the significant and dynamic steps we are taking are working.”
Harry’s award is the latest scholarship success for the De Montfort Law School. Kerry Ann Ferdinando won the inaugural Duke and Duchess of Cambridge award worth £25,000; Chris Foster won £7,000 from Lincoln’s Inn and second year Aaron Luxton has recently received the Access to the Bar award from Middle Temple worth £500 enabling him to carry out paid work experience with barristers and judges.
Posted on Monday 13th May 2013