Jane Taylor, who is pursuing her Graduate Diploma in Law in Westminster Law School, is one of a handful of finalists for Future Legal Mind 2017, a national award for UK undergraduate law students, set up in 2014 to recognise young legal talent.
The 32-year-old student and supply planner from Berwick is in line for a potential £5,000 prize and work placement at law firm Simpson Millar, after impressing industry judges with an essay on the UK’s civil justice system.
The essay topic for this year’s candidates was: “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?”
Speaking of her achievement, Jane said: “I'm really excited to be shortlisted for such a prestigious competition. It's a real honour to be considered for the top prize. Working at the same time as doing the Graduate Diploma in Law can be tough, but nice surprises like this make it worth it.”
Jane speaks fluent French and Italian and, coupled with her customer service experience, she believes that this can give her the edge in the competitive legal industry.
She added: “I read the winning entries from the last few years and they were of a very high standard. I’m looking forward to finding out the final result!”
Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline, and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind, said: "It's hugely important that we foster the next generation of lawyers by encouraging talented individuals, and that's what we aim to do with the Future Legal Mind award.”
The winner's essay will be posted on Lawyer2B.com, and all finalists will receive £250.