Award-Winning Law Graduate Is Courting Success

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Date posted: 16 January 2014

Aptly named Law graduate Natalie Lawman has progressed from her prize-winning University of Derby course to studying to be a barrister.

Natalie, 21, from St Albans, is due to graduate with a First Class LLB (Hons) law degree today (Thursday January 16) and give the traditional 'vote of thanks' from graduates to teaching staff, for the Faculty of Business, Computing and Law.

During the second and third years of her law degree Natalie worked voluntarily for the Witness Service, run through the Victim Support charity, which provides guidance and support to those giving witness testimony in UK courts, whether for the prosecution or defence.

Natalie said: "Whilst volunteering as a case worker one day a week in addition to my undergraduate studies, I was responsible for showing prospective witnesses around courtrooms to get them familiar with the surroundings, and help support them and their families when they actually attended the court case. Courts can be very intimidating places for those unacquainted with them."

Her voluntary work saw her chosen as the first recipient, in March (2013), of the 'High Sheriff's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law and Justice in Derbyshire'.

She graduates having also won the 'Sweet and Maxwell Prize (for Best Third Year LLB Student)' and the 'Nelsons' Prize for Best Student in Company Law'.

Natalie is now studying for her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), to enable her to become a barrister. Barristers provide specialist legal advice and represent their clients in court, and through written legal advice.

"I have always been intent on a career in law and knew early in my studies that I wanted to practise at the Bar; it's the additional challenges facing barristers which attracted me to it. I am currently studying for the BPTC and will be applying for pupillage for the following year, despite the competition for places," added Natalie.

For more infromation about the LLB (Hons) course see website

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