Franklin College legal student bags bursary boost from international law firm
A LEGAL student has laid out her case to win a special bursary from an international law firm.
Franklin College student, Brittany Tilling, from Waltham, has beaten off nationwide competition to be chosen by law firm CMS Cameron McKenna to receive £2,500 per year while studying for her law degree, to help to meet some of her living expenses.
Brittany, 17, will also be given mentoring by CMS and a work placement at the firm next year.
She said: "When I first received the phone call that I had won one of the four bursaries it was such a shock. I was so overwhelmed and didn't know how to react; I just wanted to jump up and down but I couldn't because I was on the train home!"
Brittany had to submit an essay on a difficult legal and human rights issue, euthanasia. Her essay got her through to the interview stage of the application process with group negotiation activities.
She said: "I found the interview day really interesting.
"We were given a topic and had to develop our own arguments.
"I felt I gained valuable experience and met some wonderful people.
"The bursary is a chance I never thought I'd get, giving me extra help to try and fund my costs through my degree at university, which otherwise may have put me off. It's a fantastic opportunity and I couldn't be more grateful to CMS for this help and opportunity."
Brittany hopes to study at York University next September after finding her passion for law during a summer school at Hull University.
She said: "I decided to study law at college after going to Hull for a summer school.
"I want to be a solicitor. No two days are ever the same, it's always something different.
"I really want to go to York University and the bursaries will really help with my living costs and I hope the placements will help me as it is a really competitive industry."
Solicitor Rebecca Reidy, who will be mentoring Brittany through her future law training, said: "Brittany has already shown great dedication to pursuing a career in law, and she has demonstrated her potential by beating off stiff competition to win one of the CMS Bursaries."
If you want to know more, teachers and current Year 12 students can obtain more information about the summer 2013 bursary competition by emailing email@example.com or visit www.cmslegal.com
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