Congratulations to Portia Durand-Henry and Chantal Percival who scooped free places on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) following their triumph in the annual Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School writing competition.
Law graduate Percival, who is working as a paralegal at education firm SEN Legal and is currently traveling through Russia, Mongolia and China, won a free place on BPP’s LPC in London.
She said: “I think the fact that I won is still sinking in and for me and my family it was an absolute miracle.”
Durand-Henry, who won a place on BPP’s GDL, has been volunteering for the Nationwide Citizens Advice Service and juggling a part-time job in retail since completing a degree in American Studies at King’s College London.
Durand-Henry said: “I’m so very grateful for winning the award, and it definitely has made me feel that I want to try even harder to do the best I can now I have been given this opportunity.”
“It is definitely a relief money wise as it will allow me to focus 100 per cent on my studies,” she added.
Durand-Henry is yet to be decide between career as a solicitor and barrister and is therefore uncertain whether to follow the GDL with the LPC or Bar Professional Training Course. She plans to apply for both types of work experience in the coming months to help with this decision.
The winning articles will be published in the summer 2011 issue of Lawyer 2B, which will be available in May.