Six Lawscot Foundation students are set to become the charity’s first ever law school graduates, when they don their caps and gowns to graduate from universities across Scotland over the next week.
The Lawscot Foundation students graduating this year are:
• Alisha O’Callaghan, University of Edinburgh
• Declan Dundas, University of Dundee
• Emily Simpson, Robert Gordan University, Aberdeen
• Jordan Scott, University of Dundee
• Laura Noble, University of Abertay, Dundee
• Natasha Kabir, University of Edinburgh
The six students were the first to be supported by the Foundation, when they began their LLB degrees in 2017. The charity was set up by the Law Society of Scotland in 2016 with the aim of helping academically gifted students from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland pursue a career in law, who might not otherwise have financially been able to do so. Each student receives an annual £2,500 bursary, mentoring, networking and work experience opportunities.
Seeing its first students graduate is a major milestone for the Foundation and it is asking everyone in the legal profession to join in the celebrations by sharing their own graduation photos and memories of the day on social media. Nominate others to do the same and donate to the charity to help support the law graduates of tomorrow!
Christine McLintock, Chair of the Lawscot Foundation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see the first of our students graduate from law school. It is a fantastic achievement and I offer each and every one of them my warmest congratulations.
“Graduating from law school takes hard work and perseverance, and our students have impressed us every step of the way, especially given the challenging backgrounds that they have contended with. We are incredibly proud to have played a part in helping our students reach this stage and we wish them every success, wherever their careers take them.”
She added: “The purpose of the Foundation is to level the playing field to accessing a career in law, so to have our first students graduate from law school is a momentous occasion for us as a small charity. Our support of these talented students is only possible through the generous contributions of the legal profession, so we would love as many people as possible to get involved in our celebrations and take part in the #LawscotGraduates campaign. Donate today and help us help the law graduates of tomorrow.”
Of the six students graduating, two are moving on to taking the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in the coming academic year, one is undertaking a masters degree, and three are in the midst of planning their next exciting steps beyond university.