27 October 2009

Sheffield graduate wins top law student award

A graduate from the University of Sheffield has scooped one of the major law student awards in the country.

Catherine Earnshaw, aged 23, has won the DLA Award, which is presented by leading international law firm DLA Piper. The prize is for the student who obtains the highest combined mark in the Business and Commercial Law parts of The College of Law in Birmingham’s Legal Practice Course, which all those intending to become solicitors must pass before they can proceed to the next stage of practice.

Catherine was a student at the College until July and scored 83% in the Business Law exam and 91% in the Commercial Law exam. She graduated from Sheffield in 2007 with a First Class LLB (Hons) Degree in Law. She started her two-year training contract to qualify as a solicitor with international law firm Ince & Co in September.

Catherine said: “I was both surprised and delighted to find out I had won this award. I worked extremely hard for my LPC exams and am pleased that all the work paid off.”