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NLS undergraduate awarded Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship

Nottingham Law School undergraduate, Arnold Mujakachi, has been awarded a Freshfields Stephen Lawrence 2017 Scholarship.

Arnold Mujakachi
Arnold Mujakachi
Arnold Mujakachi

This prestigious award seeks to address the disproportionate under-representation in large commercial law firms of black and black mixed race men from less privileged backgrounds. Until recently the scholarship was aimed at first year undergraduate law students, but this year Nottingham Trent University has been part of a pilot to also nominate eligible non-law students.  The scholarship is provided by global law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’).

Arnold, 20, from Coventry said: “The opportunity to build a professional network enriched with experts in corporate law will be invaluable to my career progression. My development plan will give me the skills to excel in law and make a success of my career. Being awarded this scholarship has been a big confidence booster - it is an example that despite your social background and the pressures imposed upon young people, it is still possible to succeed! To anyone out there that wishes to have a career with the Big Leagues - you can do it! Don't underestimate your capabilities.”

Arnold has already met with the firm to discuss the development programme,  mentoring, and other opportunities open to him both with Freshfields and also with other firms through the scholarship, such as Goldman Sachs and The Bank of England. Freshfields offer their students the chance to work-shadow at the firm during university holidays, as well as a guaranteed interview for a training contract at Freshfields.

Arnold said: "My long term goal is to have a career in Corporate Law. I really want to travel; immerse myself in different cultures. It's scary to plan everything out in detail but I know a career in Law is where I want to be - making a difference and doing my part for the world in some shape or form.”

Creating opportunities for all our students is at the heart of what we do and we are proud to promote the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship to our undergraduates

Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of Nottingham Law School

Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of Nottingham Law School, said: “Creating opportunities for all our students is at the heart of what we do and we are proud to promote the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship to our undergraduates each year. There is always a strong field of applications and I am delighted that Arnold was successful.  I am sure he will take advantage of all the opportunities this will bring.”

Annette Byron, Partner Sponsor for Social Mobility at Freshfields, commented: “We believe that this scholarship is unique. We draw on innovative assessment techniques to gauge potential across many areas, and our development programme equips scholars with the skills necessary to become top class lawyers or to enter other City professions. We hope to make a real difference – which we define as people from different backgrounds joining, staying and succeeding in the legal profession, and, in turn, continuing to strengthen organisational culture around inclusivity.”

  • Notes for editors

    • Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
    • The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
    • NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
    • With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

NLS undergraduate awarded Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship

Published on 20 July 2017
  • Subject area: Law, criminology and justice
  • Category: Nottingham Law School

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