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Two lucky sixth formers from London have scooped free places to study law at BPP Law School – the UK’s newest university.
David John and Nazifa Maher Chowdhury from Camden School Sixth Form and Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets respectively won the sought after prize after entering the ‘YOUR BREAK in the law’ competition for students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Their prize, worth a whopping £10,000, covers BPP’s course fees. The duo will also receive work experience and mentoring from law firm Reed Smith while Barlcays Bank will provide them will further legal experience at its Canary Wharf headquarters.
BPP’s chief executive Peter Crisp said: “Often it’s not just the expense but the connections and support that can be a barrier to entry to a career in law. That’s why this scholarship competition is so important - it addresses the issues of diversity and social mobility in the legal profession - something that we’re very much committed to.”
Following their success in the competition, the two winners have also been invited by fellow sponsor the Black Lawyers Directory to an evening event as part of Black History Month.
In order to win, John and Chowdhury went through two rounds of tests based on grammar, comprehension and case analysis, before winning a mock court debate, known as a moot, against eight other finalists.
BPP was awarded the title of University College in July (see article).