The next generation of movers and shakers in the legal arena gathered at The College of Law in York to receive prizes for outstanding performance during their studies at the College.
Around 20 of the top students, who studied the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) last year, attended the awards ceremony at the Bishopthorpe centre.
York College of Law award winners: (Back row, left to right) John Quentin, James Peel, Alice Ramsay, Hannah Pearce, Joanna Ellis, Emma Jarosz, Philip Morgan, Matthew Blackett, Kate Riatt, Catherine Ellis, Siobhan Howard-Palmer, James McMenzie (Front row, left to right) Richard Williams, Julia Krier, Kelly Stobbs, Katherine Louden, Rita Manku, Angus Barrett
The winners included Hannah Pearce, aged 23, from Nawton near York, who scooped one of the major law student awards in the country, the British Academy of Forensic Sciences Legal Prize.
The annual award is for the student across the College’s six nationwide centres, who obtains the highest overall mark in the Litigation part of the LPC. All those intending to become solicitors must pass the LPC before they can proceed to the next stage of training.
Catherine Ellis, aged 25, from Leeds walked away with a prize awarded by international law firm, DLA Piper for achieving the highest marks in the Business & Commercial Law part of the LPC at the York College of Law.
She was also named as the highest scoring full-time LPC student at the centre, while Angus Barrett, aged 40, from York received the prize for the highest scoring part-time student.
Other award winners included Emma Jarosz, aged 23, from Ilkley, who was presented with a prize by the Legal Services Commission for her work on the Public Service Route of the LPC. Julia Krier, aged 22, received the ‘Best GDL Student’ prize from the Yorkshire Law Society. The GDL gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession.
Paul Aber, regional director for The College of Law, said: “Both the LPC and GDL are very demanding courses and it is an achievement just to pass. The award winners have shown amazing hard work and dedication as well as the flexibility and breadth of skills and knowledge essential for practising lawyers.
“We are also very grateful for the support of all the organisations sponsoring the prizes, who make these awards possible.”