University students beat the competition for Flint Bishop bursary

21 December 2016

Two University of Derby students Sayra Dhillon and Molly Mcloughlin have landed bursaries with local firm Flint Bishop LLP.

 Flint Bishop is one of the largest law firms in the East Midlands.

Sayra and Molly, both third-year Law LLB (Hons) students, competed against other applicants to gain a position of work within the firm.

Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner and Licensing Lawyer at Flint Bishop, said: “There was an overwhelming number of applicants, so much so that we had to go forward with a second round of interviews.”

Sayra added: “I was made aware of the opportunity at Flint Bishop through my course at the University of Derby. I knew that Flint Bishop were a firm with an outstanding reputation regionally.

“In preparation for the interview, the University helped me prepare by setting up mock interviews with a panel consisting of academics who have experience in the industry.  Attending this mock interview the day before my interview eased my nerves a lot and allowed me to get some invaluable critical feedback.

“I am over the moon to have secured this position.”

Molly said: “I made sure I prepared a lot for the interview so I had some really good answers for the questions they threw at me. I am good at communicating so the interview didn’t faze me too much, in fact I really enjoyed it.”

David Hodgkinson, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Derby, said: “Both Sayra and Molly have gained commercial awareness, knowledge of the importance of client objectives and attained advanced legal skills to support their understanding of substantive law during their studies at Derby Law School.

Sayra Dhillon, Andrew Cochrane, Molly Mcloughlin

“It is clear that their academic and professional creativity has been developed as well as an inherent ability for learning legal consequences and applying them in real world practice. I am certain both Sayra and Molly will be valued assets to Flint Bishop and I am very happy for both as they develop their legal careers.”

As well as working for Flint Bishop part-time, Sayra and Molly will be studying their LPC at the University of Derby’s Law School.  

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