20.04.22

Salford student shortlisted for Future Lawyer of the Year

Categories: Salford Business School

A final year law student at the University of Salford has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award, with the chance to win a training contract.

After taking part in a lengthy and intense application process which involved an application with four questions, a psychometric test, and two additional questions, all designed

to simulate the intensity of training contract applications, Jack Whittaker has been shortlisted for the Targetjobs ‘Future Lawyer of the Year’ award.

Targetjobs hold an annual competition aiming to find the best undergraduate students in the UK. The competition includes 12 different award categories, and each award is partnered with a leading graduate recruiter and a grand prize.

This year the Law award is partnered with the International Law firm ‘Clyde and Co’ who are offering the chance to win four weeks of work experience at their company, 1-2-1 mentoring, and a chance at securing a training contract at their firm.

Jack, from Bolton, said he was elated to have made it this far in the application process. He will be up against a group from mainly Russell Group universities in the final.

The Law student feels that he has accumulated various useful extracurricular activities and has gained fantastic support from his lecturers and tutors during his time at Salford.

He said: “I want to challenge the idea that Russell Group university students are more likely to gain training contracts over non-Russell Group university students. In an already competitive arena, it can be disheartening to be continuously rejected without a clear explanation.

“To reach the interview and speak with someone so they can see how passionate you are is different. I think that’s the difficult part a lot of law students struggle with, getting to that stage, which is only made more challenging by fierce competition and a lack of social mobility. Only then during an interview can you show that you’re more than black and white writing.

Jack will represent Salford at the award ceremony on April 29 at Canary Wharf in London.

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