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Three University of Dundee law graduates have been awarded funding to help pursue their careers as a result of a memorial bursary set up by legal firm Blackadders in conjunction with the university.
Brogan Smith, Amina Aslam and Molly Macqueen have each received £250 from The Ken Scott Bursary which provides support based on financial needs. Administered by Blackadders, it was set up after the death in 2013 of highly-respected colleague and mentor, Ken Scott, who was also a former graduate and tutor in professional legal practice at the University of Dundee.
All students, who are juggling personal and work commitments on top of their studies, were recognised for their tenacity and passion in achieving their legal career ambitions and said they were overwhelmed to be awarded bursary support.
Recipient Molly Macqueen, who graduated last year with a 2:1 in Scots law and was awarded best dissertation in law, has relied solely on full-time work and loans on her journey to academic success.
Molly, who works six days a week at a supermarket, said: “The bursary will go a long way in allowing me the same access to resources that those more fortunate than I could have. I will use the money to purchase books and other resources focusing on my interests of Commercial law as well as Intellectual Property law which would allow my enhanced knowledge to stand out in a male-dominated sector.”
Receiving bursary support for Amina Aslam means she can progress her plans to study for a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and become a solicitor – an ambition she may not have ordinarily achieved due to personal and financial hardship.
She said: “I am highly motivated to fulfil my dream of becoming a solicitor and due to the hectic schedule of the diploma, I will have to reduce my working hours. To be awarded financial assistance will hugely relieve the stress that I am currently under and would ultimately contribute to the successful completion of this next stage in my career.”
For Brogan Smith, who graduated with an Honours Degree in Scots Law after funding her studies through full-time employment both night and day and student loans, the bursary support will allow her to pursue her aspirations to get in to Taxation law.
Brogan, who also works voluntarily with the Citizens Advice Bureau advising on social policy, said: “Due to my tight financial situation, I have had to learn how to manage my money and have transferred this knowledge within my role at Citizens Advice by passing money management tips to clients who are struggling financially.
“I enjoy the area of taxation law but returning to university meant reducing my hours in work to commit to my studies. Receiving support will provide equal access to academic resources that those more fortunate have. I will use it appropriately to enhance my studies and passion for Taxation Law, and provide the highest quality of work.”
Ken Scott, who lived in Carnoustie, was born in 1961 and qualified with LLB (Hons) and DipLP in 1984 from the University of Dundee before being admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1985. Following training at Thornton Dickie & Brand, he became a solicitor at North East Fife District Council before moving to Edinburgh to join the Bank of Scotland’s legal team.
In 1990, he went on to become an associate with Pagan Osborne Grace & Calders then in 1994, he joined Blackadders where he spent 19 years as an associate, working in the commercial property unit. He also spent many years as course organiser and tutor on the company and commercial course of the diploma in legal practice at the University of Dundee.
Picture caption: From left to right: Molly Macqueen; Blackadders managing partner, Johnston Clark; Brogan Smith; Emma Gray; Blackadders partner in commercial property; and Amina Aslam.
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