Solicitors Irwin Mitchell laid down a legal gauntlet for students at Thomas Rotherham College for the third consecutive year.
This year’s challenge for second year BTEC and A2 law students was to produce a newspaper report on the law relating to murder and voluntary manslaughter, an evaluation of the law relating to non-fatal offences, or the ‘right to die’ debate.
Kavina Lowry was pronounced the winner after demonstrating exceptional research skills and attention to detail.
She has now been invited to complete a week-long work placement at Irwin Mitchell where she will gain experience in the firm’s business and personal legal services. Runner up Luke Gray also impressed the judges and received £50 in vouchers.
Judges for the competition were Mark Allen, an associate director in the workplace illness team, Sinead Hayes, a solicitor and former student at Thomas Rotherham College, and Marie Clare, a tutor who specialises in Law at Thomas Rotherham College.
Eighteen-year old Kavina said: “The task for the competition was daunting because it isn’t something that we’ve covered in our course so far. I’m not used to writing about legal matters in a news style and it was a real challenge to keep such an extensive and complicated topic concise and within the word limit.
“Having to work outside our comfort zones was challenging but I learned a lot from the process and it confirmed even more that a career in law is what I want in life.”
Mark Allen said: “All of the entries were well-prepared and very professional. Kavina will now come to our offices and experience a week in the life of a lawyer.”
Last year’s winner Ellie Taylor went on to successfully secure a paralegal role at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield offices.