A Westminster Law School LLB Honours student has been awarded a prestigious Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship, the second time in two years that a University of Westminster student has been selected.

First year LLB student Jonathan Farmer 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 low-income households in large commercial law firms.

Jonathan commented: “This scholarship is an amazing honour and an excellent opportunity to further my career in Law. It gave me the perfect insight in to the skills needed for a career as a solicitor in a large law firm.”

Jonathan was put forward for the scholarship by the Head of Westminster Law School, Liz Duff and his Contract tutor Stephen Greenfield.

“Without their help and guidance, along with the support of my personal tutor Stephanie Roberts, I might have found the process difficult. I'd like to thank them again for all their help,” said Jonathan.

The scholarship will play a pivotal role in the development of Jonathan’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 Jonathan 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.

Aspiring lawyer Eniola Asaolu, who is also studying Law LLB Honours at Westminster Law School, was awarded a Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship in 2014.

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.

More information about the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship.

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