Student in the running for law firm scholarship

Cottesloe School student Zoe Teague, who has been shortlisted for a scholarship with a national law firm
Cottesloe School student Zoe Teague, who has been shortlisted for a scholarship with a national law firm

A student from Aylesbury has been shortlisted for a scholarship scheme with a national law firm.

Zoe Teague, 17, who attends The Cottesloe School in Wing was one of six students shortlisted for national law firm Freeths’ 2014 Legal Scholarship Scheme.

The award, launched last year, includes the opportunity to undertake paid work experience within the firm’s Milton Keynes office.

The award provides a student with invaluable experience into the life of a commercial lawyer as well as contributing to their personal development.

On top of that, the winner will also receive a bursary that will help them to fund their studies.

All six candidates were invited to spend the afternoon at the firm’s Milton Keynes office where they learnt about the work of commercial lawyers and their career paths.

Future Trainee Solicitor Sophie Lang who was involved in the selection process said: “This is an excellent opportunity for a law student as it can be incredibly competitive to secure a job in the legal sector after university.

“This scholarship will provide a student with the ability to stand out when it comes to making job applications by demonstrating not only that a national law firm has recognised their potential, but also that they have experienced first hand how a legal practice works.

“Having spent time researching law firms whilst applying for training contracts, I know this is a unique initiative that will help to develop lawyers of the future.”

Partner Valerie Warman who masterminded the scheme said: “We ran the scheme for the first time last year and the feedback was so enthusiastic from the students that we decided to run it again this year.

“We were astounded by the calibre of candidates, with many of them demonstrating the potential to succeed in a law career.

“It was encouraging to see students using their initiative with a significant enthusiasm to gain hands on experience at a law firm.”