First year LLB student Dami Adegunsoye was selected by global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the scholarship programme, which aims to address the disproportionate under-representation of black men from less privileged backgrounds in large commercial law firms.
Dami commented: “'This scheme provides a great opportunity for people from an ethnic minority background to experience what is possible, while providing a stepping stone to making that experience a reality.”
Dami was put forward for the scholarship by the Head of Westminster Law School, Elizabeth Duff, who said: “I am delighted that Dami has been awarded a Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship. Dami is not only an exceptionally capable student, he also has a strong sense of obligation and the commitment required from scholars. It is noteworthy that this is the third time that a Westminster Law School student has been awarded this wonderful opportunity.”
The scholarship will play a pivotal role in the development of Dami’s Law career, providing £3,500 towards course and study-related costs, interview coaching and career guidance, mentoring, and an alternative route to interview for a training contract at the City law firm.
This is an outstanding achievement for Dami who went through a rigorous two-day selection process consisting of interviews, assessments and intense academic tasks, competing with many other applicants from universities across the UK.
Annette Byron, Freshfields’ Partner Sponsor for Social Mobility, commented: “We believe that this scholarship is unique. We draw on innovative assessment techniques to gauge potential across many areas, and our development programme equips scholars with the skills necessary to become top class lawyers or to enter other City professions. We hope to make a real difference – which we define as people from different backgrounds joining, staying and succeeding, and, in turn, continuing to strengthen organisational culture around inclusivity.”
The Westminster Law School Law LLB Honours degree provides students with the core subjects required by the professional legal bodies. This course prepares students for a range of legal careers including practice as a barrister or advocate, solicitor, clerk and officer of court, and legal executive.