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Student Prizes 2022

The end of the academic year 2021/2022 students were awarded the following:

Broadway House Chambers offers an award each year to the student who has shown an outstanding achievement and commitment to social justice. This year, that award went to Saba Akhtar, a final year law student who undertook the Law Clinic module as one of her options.

The award is a weeklong mini-pupillage with the Chambers and £100 cash prize.

Harisah Aziz won the Capsticks’ Solicitors LLP prize for being the best performing student in Tort Law, a compulsory module in first year.

The prize is a week-long placement in Capsticks, Leeds office where Harisah will spend time in the clinical negligence department. The opportunity will provide Harisah with an insight into how the firm works and in particular this niche area of law.

Imaan Siddiqui, a second year Business and Law student was awarded the CPS Criminal Law prize for being the top performing student in Criminal Law which is a compulsory module for students registered on the LLB programme.

Imaan will spend a week with the CPS gaining an insight into the work that the CPS does.

The School of Law recently revised its curriculum to incorporate skill-based modules. One of these modules is Clinical and Employability Skills which is compulsory for second year students.

The Liberty Global Prize is awarded to the highest performing student in this module and this year went to Usmaan Ahmed. The prize is a £500 voucher as well as a dedicated mentorship programme with a mentor from the senior management team within Liberty Global.

This prize has been awarded to Usmaan Ahmed as the top performing student in  the second year skill-based module.

Employment Law is one of the optional modules open to final year students. Oakwood Solicitors, based in Roundhay, Leeds offers a prize of a two-week placement and a book voucher to the top performing student in this module.

This year, the prize has been awarded to Hassnain Akram.

Oxford University Press offers two separate prizes to our students.

One of the prizes is a book voucher awarded to the best performing student overall in first year. This year, the prize was scooped by Harisah Aziz who was also the top student in Tort Law as stated above.

The other prize is 12-month digital access to a Law Trove subject collection of the students choice. The award is presented to the best performing student overall in the second year. The award this year went to Hamda Esha.

P&H are offering an annual prize of a 2-year training contact to the best performing student in the final year at the School of Law who wishes to qualify as a solicitor. In this highly competitive market, training contacts are like gold-dust.

This year, the highest performing student overall in the final year is Yacoob Ahmed who was offered the prize. However, Yacoob had already secured an offer of a graduate scheme with an international insurance firm and has chosen to pursue that instead. The second highest performing student, Klaudia Struzik, is also undertaking a different career path. The prize has therefore been awarded to our third highest student Samirah Saleem who is keen to qualify as a solicitor. This invaluable opportunity will undoubtedly put Samirah firmly on the path to qualifying.

All 3 students were among the students who were conferred a first-class degree award with honours at the University’s graduation ceremony held in July 2022.

The School of Law has a offers a range of options for students in the final year to provide them with an opportunity to explore different areas of law. Law of Succession is one of the options.

Schofield Sweeney awards the top performing student in this module a 2-week placement which gives the student an opportunity to work within their firm whilst gaining practical experience in wills and probate. This year the prize was awarded to Arooj Ali.

Family Law as the is optional module offered to final year students. Stowe Family Law, a national firm which offers support to client on a wide range of family law matters including divorce, child law, unmarried couples and domestic abuse, provides a prize to the best performing student in the Family law module.

This year, the prize was awarded to Babita Dhand who received a £100 voucher as well as an 2-day placement at one of the firm’s offices in Yorkshire.

Thomson Reuters Law awarded Yacoob Ahmed a book voucher of £150 as the highest performing student in the final year.

The Community is at the heart of the activities undertaken by the School of Law encouraging students to get involved with projects they are passionate about as extra-curricular activities.

Walker Morris, a commercial law firm in Leeds, offers a prize to the most engaged student. The criteria for this award requires students to have a high level of engagement with both activities within the curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities including engaging with voluntary community work/projects.

This year, the award went to Melody Amadi. Melody actively took part in a wide range of activities including volunteering with her local church in assisting with dispersing food hampers to families during the pandemic.

Students are encouraged to not only participate in activities but to reflect on the benefits of such participation.

The School of Law also recognized the high level of engagement from 3 other students who were awarded Certificates of Recognition being Saba Akhtar, Sarah Khan and Wiktoria Lenkiewicz.

We wish to congratulate all our students on their hard work and their impressive achievements. We wish all our current students well as they progress in the new academic year 2022/2023.