Josh Edwards, a recent LLB graduate from the University of Sunderland, is celebrating being awarded the Sweeny Miller Prize for being the top performing student within Sunderland Student Law Clinic during his final year of study on the LLB.
Sunderland Student Law Clinic lets final year law students experience life as a legal advisor by providing free legal advice to members of the public on a range of areas under the supervision of qualified solicitors.
As a result of his success, Josh was offered and completed a week-long placement at Sweeney Miller, an established local law-firm, who sponsors the award. After completing his first week, Josh had impressed the team so much that he was invited back to complete an additional week.
Mike Cattermole, a graduate of the University of Sunderland and now a trainee solicitor at Sweeney Miller who supervised Josh’s work during his placement said:
“It was a pleasure to work with Josh for the week. We found that he quickly settled into the role and seemed at ease with both the legal research we asked him to carry out and when meeting clients of the firm. As a local firm of solicitors, many of whom are also University of Sunderland graduates, it was rewarding for us to be able to provide this opportunity to such a top performing student”.
If that wasn’t enough cause for celebration, Josh has also been appointed as the first graduate paralegal and office manager at Sunderland Student Law Clinic. His role will include tasks such as taking initial enquiries, working on legal cases and assisting the 26 student legal advisors who have chosen to work in the Clinic as part of their final year studies.
Speaking of his achievement, Josh said: “I was absolutely delighted to spend a week with Sweeney Miller and I’d like to express my gratitude towards both them and the university for providing these fantastic opportunities. The practical skills I have gained from working in the clinic are invaluable and I now have a genuine insight into life as a lawyer. Experience such as this is a vital part of any student’s education and I’m hoping these first steps into professional life will set the tone for the rest of my career.”