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President of the Supreme Court inspires Derby Law Students

Writer: Holly Smith

The University’s Law School hosted an evening with The Right Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury on Thursday 29 September.

Academic guests, legal professionals and students were invited to quiz Lord Neuberger on the future of our legal system and advice for students wanting to pursue a career in law.

Among the guests were High Court Judge and University of Derby Honorand Bobbie Cheema-Grubb DBE, High Sheriff of Derbyshire Elizabeth Fothergill CBE (also a Honorand of the University) and Pauline Latham OBE MP.

Q&A with Lord Neuberger

Lord Neuberger’s advice for law students was: “You need a good academic qualification to stand out from competitors and high spirits to persevere. Luck plays a very important part, being in the right place at the right time.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, closed the evening with a speech thanking Lord Neuberger.

She said: “It’s been a fantastic event, and we’re so privileged to host Lord Neuberger. As a Vice-Chancellor it’s evenings like this that make me realise I have the best job in the world. Events like this are paramount to our students’ learning.”

Lord Neuberger was also taken on a private tour of the building. He said: “I think what’s being done here gives students the experience of getting on their feet and provides a law centre that gives advice. I applaud that.”