Wakefield Quin (WQ) has awarded its 2018 Legal Scholarships to Ojeda Smith and Aqueelah Simmons.
Ms. Smith, a summer intern for WQ, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom in July 2018. She reflects, “I realized, towards the end of the second year of my Criminology degree, that I had a strong desire to help people. Naturally, I have gravitated to a career in law”.
Ms. Smith is due to commence her legal studies in September, and will commence the Legal Practice Course in 2019. “I am extremely grateful to Wakefield Quin for mentoring and guidance I have received this summer. I have already seen that a legal career brings new challenges every day. My experience with the firm has been invaluable and I would like to thank the directors for awarding me this scholarship,” said Ms. Smith. Richard Horseman, a director at the firm, noted, “We have been delighted to have Ojeda work with us this summer. She has demonstrated, from the outset, all of the skills and characteristics necessary to excel as a lawyer and we look forward to seeing great things from her in the near future.”
The law firm has also chosen Aqueelah Simmons as an award recipient. Ms. Simmons, who also attended Nottingham Trent University, graduated in July 2017 with her LLB (Hons). She will commence the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University next month. Upon its successful completion, Ms. Simmons will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice together with a Master’s Degree in Legal Practice. “I have always dreamed of a career in Law,” said Ms. Simmons. “This has been a long, but extremely rewarding journey. I am so thankful to my parents who have, through their unwavering support, assisted me in every way to achieve my goals.”
WQ scholarship awards are to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board for the upcoming study year. The annual application deadline is 30 June.
“WQ is proud to continue providing assistance and support to aspiring Bermudian law students and graduates who are in pursuit of admission to the Bermuda Bar,” said Erik Gotfredsen, chair of the WQ Scholarship Committee. “We congratulate both Ojeda and Aqueelah on their well-deserved achievements and we are confident that upon their return, they will quickly become strong assets to the legal profession and the Bermuda Bar.”
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