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Royal scholarship success for trainee barrister Kerri-Anne


A law student from De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester is to be one of two recipients of the first ever scholarship set up to commemorate last year’s royal wedding.

Kerri-Anne Ferdinando has been awarded the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship – a grant that will cover her bar school fees and help her on her way to becoming a fully qualified barrister.

The 21-year-old from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, who is graduated from DMU in July, is a student member of Middle Temple – the Inn of Court in London that offered the scholarship.

“I can’t put into words how much winning this scholarship means to me,” said Kerri-Anne, who plans to start her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in London in September.

“I’ve wanted to be a barrister since I was at school and I’ve worked really hard to get where I am now.

“Knowing that I’ve made a good impression on the people who will be able to help me progress in my career, and that my course fees and living expenses will be covered by a scholarship, is absolutely brilliant.”

After submitting her scholarship application form to Middle Temple in November, Kerri-Anne was invited to London in April, where she was interviewed by a QC and two junior barristers.

“It was a really tough interview,” she said.

“They didn’t just want to know why I thought I’d make a good barrister – they also wanted to test my arguing skills by challenging the things that I said. I just did my best and couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d won the scholarship.”

Kerri-Anne’s personal tutor at DMU, Louise Jacklin – who has devised an extra-curricular initiative called the Bar Project to help DMU students make informed choices about their law careers – is very proud of her success.

“Kerri-Anne is an extremely dedicated and determined young woman,” said Louise, who is also a barrister and a member of Middle Temple.

“She has taken part in every talk, every visit and every extra-curricular activity that I have organised as part of the Bar Project, in a bid to get herself where she is today. She’s even found time to be a ‘Bar Project Buddy’ – sharing her experiences and knowledge with younger law students.

“Thanks to the fantastic employability initiatives at DMU, we have been able to support her along the way and give her the information she needs to make her choices, but the reason she’s won this scholarship is because she’s a hard-working and talented student, who’s a credit to De Montfort University.”

When she’s finished her bar course, Kerri-Anne will then have to complete a year’s pupillage with a barristers’ chambers before she can work as a fully qualified barrister.

The scholarship fund has been set up by Middle Temple – one of the fours Inns of Court that barristers must belong to. The Middle Temple introduced the new scholarships to mark the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in order to provide essential help to the recipients and to reflect the Inn’s commitment to diversity and equality.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited De Montfort University in March, when she accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on her visit that marked the start of the Diamond Jubilee Tour. The royal visitors toured the state-of-the-art Hugh Aston building, which is home to the university’s Faculty of Business and Law.

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Posted on Wednesday 17th October 2012

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