The winner of an annual bursary set up to help with tuition fees at The College of Law in York has been announced.Katherine Burwood, aged 22 from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, becomes the second recipient of the Tracy Kaye/Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP Memorial Bursary, which was launched last year.
The £1,500 bursary was set up by leading law firm Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) in memory of their colleague, Tracy Kaye. Before her death in 2006, Tracy lived in York and was a dedicated solicitor at the firm’s Leeds office specialising in personal injury litigation.
The bursary is designed to help meet the costs of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Applications are open to students who have accepted a place on the LPC at The College of Law in York, who are committed to a career as a solicitor, and who can demonstrate a need for financial support to further their legal studies.
Katherine Burwood, winner of the 2010 Tracy Kaye/Berrymans Lace Mawer Memorial BursaryKatherine graduated in 2009 with 2:1 Honours Degree in English Literature and History from the University of Leeds. In July she successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Law at The College of Law in York and has just begun the LPC.
Katherine has been fascinated with Law since her A-level years and has demonstrated her commitment to becoming a solicitor by undertaking work experience at a London city law firm and carrying out voluntary pro bono work, which gives people access to legal advice who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
She is managing to fund her studies at The College of Law by working part time during her course and taking out a bank loan and says that the Tracy Kaye/BLM bursary will be a great financial help towards this.
She said: "I was absolutely delighted to be awarded the bursary and it is such an honour to have been chosen by the panel and family of Tracy Kaye. I am relieved to have the financial burden reduced this year because now I can focus fully on attaining my goals and bringing my enthusiasm and passion for the profession into my studies.
“What attracts me to Law is the challenge it presents and the chance to be involved with something that influences every aspect of our daily lives. Few other careers offer such versatility and the chance to work with such a varied clientele.”
As part of the bursary Katherine has also been offered one week's work experience at the Leeds office of Berrymans Lace Mawer before starting the LPC. The firm advises a broad range of insurance and commercial clients and has more than 130 partners and 1,000 staff, operating from branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Southampton and Stockton-on-Tees.
Chris Coughlin, Senior Partner of BLM’s Leeds office, said: “Recognising talent is important to BLM and we are very happy that the Tracy Kaye memorial bursary has been awarded to a student with such ambition. We wish Katherine the best of luck as she embarks on her course at The College of Law in York and on her future career in the legal sector.”
Paul Aber, Centre Director of The College of Law in York, said: “The Tracy Kaye/Berrymans Lace Mawer bursary helps talented and committed students realise their ambitions to qualify as solicitors here in York. Without it those students may have found it difficult to continue their studies and we are delighted that Berrymans Lace Mawer is able to provide it.”
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