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Emmanuel was awarded the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence scholarship in 2019. Launched in 2013, the scheme addresses the disproportionate under-representation of black and black mixed-race men from less socially mobile backgrounds in large commercial law firms. It is aimed at exceptionally talented first-year students at UK universities.

Would you recommend applying for the scholarship?

If possible, I would definitely recommend you apply to the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence programme. When I first joined NTU, I had a lot of inspiration, but it was not solid. I feel like applying and becoming a Stephen Lawrence Scholar helped me to find my true inspiration to study law and become a lawyer.

I simply applied because I could but the benefits that have come and that are available from the scheme are so helpful regardless of if you are successful or not. From the scholarship alone, I have interned with AON, the Bank of England and the EBRD. I am still in contact with my mentors who are available to give advice on any aspect of life. It is honestly just a life changing experience and if you throw yourself into the experience, you can learn so much.

Why did you choose NTU and Nottingham Law School?

I have been an NTU student now for 5 years. I completed my undergrad at NTU and loved every moment, NTU and the city of Nottingham have become a second home to me while I have been there. That is why I knew that if I wanted to take my education further, there was only one place I would want to do that.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at NTU?

After such a great experience completing my undergraduate with NTU, I feel like it was the natural choice to continue my postgraduate. Naturally, it was hard to decide between moving back home and carrying on in Nottingham but I have really come to enjoy the teaching and opportunities in Nottingham.

What inspired you to study law?

My inspiration to study law was something that came from a mixture of Suits (a TV show) and college, where I studied law at BTEC level.

What do you enjoy about your course?

I find the course very challenging which can actually be enjoyable at times. I think my main enjoyment for the course comes from the fact that I know it is a stepping stone into something great.

What marks out of 10 would you give for course facilities and why?

I would say 9 because there is always room for improvement. That being said, when I first visited NTU I was very impressed by the mock court rooms that were available on the campus.

How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words or fewer?

If you are ready to achieve, tell them the dream

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Lively, Fun, Resourceful

Where would you recommend visiting in Nottingham?

I would probably recommend Bunk. Some really good food and a great vibe for a great price.

If you have a (non-academic) problem, who would you talk to? What would you do?

I would most likely reach out to my personal coach or Student Support.

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