There are two winners of the Aspiring Solicitors of The Month award for December. Both winners will have their CVs recommended to partner law firms and corporates. To apply to be recognised for this award or to nominate someone you think has demonstrated (i) excellent academics (ii) commitment to law (iii) commitment to diversity/inclusion/the community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations Andrei and Aimee!
Andrei Calmatui- University of Hull
Andrei is a final year LLB Commercial Law student and a Student Representative at Hull University. Aside from being on course of securing a First Class degree and recently nominated for the “Aspiring Solicitors Ones to Watch List”, Andrei does not shy away from involving himself in numerous extra-curricular activities. He actively contributes to the organization of numerous events including the Aspiring Solicitors’ Employment Program and Training Contract Application Panel designed to provide guidance to students on matters related to CVs, Cover Letters and Applications. In addition, he manages any social media regarding the promotion of the organization within University, being the central point of contact in absence of the lead Ambassador.
Participating at the University Legal Advice Centre and completing various work experiences, Andrei developed skills crucial to practice such as attention to detail, strategic analysis, client interviewing skills while continuously improving his drafting abilities. In order to assist his law peers, Andrei is also the Westlaw representative of his university and conducts drop in sessions to contribute with a solution to any legal research queries.
Prone to diversity from an early age, Andrei participated in the international “Project against Racism and Struggle for Human Rights” in Italy where he successfully utilized his comprehension of English, French and Russian. He was selected upon academic excellence to be the Romanian Delegation speaker and has worked with students from different cultural backgrounds on the development of a strategy in regards to integration of anti-discrimination values among children by using animation in order to implement this mind-set from an early age. As a result, he delivered a presentation in the City hall in front of foreign Ministers and the Mayor.
Aimee Harper- University of Cambridge
Aimee is the first in her family to go to university, and the first in her family to go into a career in law and comes from a low income family. Aimee has attended state schools all her life, and has a northern ascent. Aimee was worried when she applied to the University of Cambridge that she was in an inferior position, because she never attended an elite school. Thankfully, her college form tutor, law tutor, family and friends encouraged her to apply anyway. Aimee worked really hard whilst at college, got involved in every extra-circular activity she could, researched thoroughly and attended many Cambridge law open events, and was offered a place to read law by Downing College, Cambridge. Aimee has always received complete support both academically and financially from Cambridge, and has loved every minute of her journey so far.
Aimee, after a hardworking and intense first year reading law at the University of Cambridge, received a first and came 8th in her year. From this, Aimee was awarded the John Morrison Scholar by Downing College. Additionally, Aimee came first in her year in the Law of Tort paper and received the Chancery Lane Law Prize, where she visited One Chancery Lane barrister’s chambers in London, and has now secured a mini-pupillage place for summer 2017.
Over the summer, Aimee spent two weeks completing work experience at a local firm in Preston, Birchall Blackburn Law. Aimee sat in with the Wills & Probate team, where she was able to work independently on her own matters, and was invited to return whenever she wished. Furthermore, she became the brand manager for DLA Piper, and attended Aspiring Solicitors Fast Track into a Vacation Scheme programme.
Aimee travelled to Panama and volunteered on a Human Rights Global Brigade, in summer. Whilst in Panama, Aimee worked personally with a local couple who were wishing to obtain a marriage licence. She set up legal clinics and was able to give advice to those in remote regions, who do not have the money to travel to the city to obtain legal advice, after preparing and learning the Panamanian family law, before arriving in Panama. Finally, Aimee produced and gave an interactive workshop to locals on the standard terms and articles of association of their local banks, which Global Brigades had set up under their microfinance initiative.
Finally, as head of marketing for the Aspiring Solicitors Cambridge, Aimee has recruited new members to join the team during michaelmas term, who share her passion to increase diversity in the legal profession, and has worked at the fresher’s fair in order to increase awareness of Aspiring Solicitors in Cambridge.