Ward Hadaway Solicitors award law bursaries to four graduate students
North East law firm Ward Hadaway has announced the winners of its annual law bursary scheme, comprising four bursaries worth £1,000 each.
The awards are made to students of Northumbria and Newcastle universities to encourage excellence in their future careers. Ward Hadaway also provides work experience to the students – and an assessment centre place on the firm’s graduate recruitment programme.
This year’s law bursary award winners are Emily Richardson, James Flint, Brianna Friberg and Faye McNulty. The firm said that work experience started in December 2018 and the students will return for a week between January and March 2019.
Recruitment & Development Manager at Ward Hadaway, Caroline Jones, said:
“We have been running the bursary scheme with the universities for around six years now.
“The opportunity is open to Newcastle University students who are in the top twenty highest performers in their first year – and Northumbria University law students who achieve marks in the top twenty percent of marks in their first year.
“Students are interviewed by a dedicated panel of bursary interviewers from the firm’s Graduate Recruitment Team – it has always proved hugely successful and a number of students have gone on to get training contracts with us over the years.
“Most recently, two of the trainees who qualified as solicitors with us in 2018 originally joined the firm as bursary students.”
Past bursary winners Kerry McFarlane and Paige Lewis are among many bursary students who have gone on to secure training contracts with Ward Hadaway in its Newcastle office.
Kerry is a trainee in the Property team and said:
“In the summer after my first year at university, I received a letter informing me I was one of the top twenty highest performing students and was eligible to apply for the Ward Hadaway Bursary scheme.
“I was aware of Ward Hadaway, as they have a strong link with Newcastle University and members of the firm had visited the Law School throughout my first year.
“I had a really positive experience during my work experience – I found the work interesting and varied and I really liked the atmosphere of the firm. I felt that everyone was friendly, down-to-earth and happy to help.
“The financial aspect of the bursary was also a great help – I worked throughout university, but it provided me with security in my final two years.
“The trainees at the time were very welcoming and they kindly shared their experiences of applying with me. The fact that Ward Hadaway is a full service firm really appealed to me and still does – and I knew Ward Hadaway would be my first choice.”
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