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Four Bermudian students have been named as recipients of 2021 Legal Education Awards by the Bermuda office of international law firm Conyers.

The firm said the three top applicants – Rakaya Simmons, Kyra Dunstan and Sophie Rylands – have each received $10,000 to $12,000 to assist with their legal studies.

Additionally, Conyers has awarded Guielle Bean with a bursary of $5,000.

This year, the firm said it presented more than $150,000 in both new and renewed funding to 15 Bermudian students.

The firm has donated more than $1.2 million to legal education in the past five years.

Conyers said the recipients are at different stages of their studies, ranging from first year undergraduate students to those completing their postgraduate diploma in legal practice.

Ms Simmons has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Buckingham. She will be attending the University of Law (online) to complete her LPC.

Ms Dunstan has a Bachelor’s in Management and Organisational Studies from Western University with specialisation in Human Resources Management. This year she graduates from the University of Exeter, with a Bachelor of Laws – First Class Honours. She will be attending the University of Law (online) to complete her LPC.

Ms Rylands completed her PGDL and will be going on to complete her LPC at BPP University (London). She has a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Edinburgh.

Ms Bean is a 2021 high school graduate from the Bermuda Institute. She will attend Nottingham Trent International College in the fall to study law.

Helen Cooper, Director and Legal Award Chair, said: “Congratulations to our deserving 2021 Legal Award recipients. Conyers is pleased to support talented young people who have shown commitment and dedication to their legal studies.

“The firm has pledged to maintain an active role in the local communities in which it operates. We are passionate about supporting the professional development of young Bermudian talent through our comprehensive student programmes. We look forward to the future achievements of our Legal Award recipients.”

For more than 30 years, Conyers said it has supported students in the community through its Legal Education Awards. The firm said it has an extensive programme, offering more than $150,000 in awards to multiple students annually in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Since inception, Conyers has awarded more than $2.8 million.

Ms Cooper added: “Our firm has been built by successive generations of Bermudians and we are proud to have supported 150 students over the past decade. Through our Legal Awards our hope is that this long tradition is maintained and continues to enrich the legal community and talent pool of candidates.”

Conyers said it is committed to corporate social responsibility, especially in support of future generations as they embark on building a career in law.

In addition to the Legal Education Awards, the firm said it offers a vast array of opportunities to further student learning and development.

Conyers said it provides students and graduates with work placement opportunities through its Summer Law and Pupillage programmes, which are designed to support the personal and professional development of law students.

The firm said it has designed an experience that offers practical training, where participants work on real client projects, are mentored by its lawyers and are included in everyday life at the firm.

More recently, the firm said it introduced the Smart Start programme, which aims to provide a combination of work experience and mentoring to high school students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to access a legal career.

The firm said its other initiatives include its ongoing networking and open house events where students can explore all the possibilities of a path in law.

Conyers encourages students interested in a legal career and learning more about the firm to get in touch with them.

See conyers.com/scholarships.

Rakaya Simmons (Photograph supplied)
Kyra Dunstan (Photograph supplied)
Sophie Rylands (Photograph supplied)
Guielle Bean (Photograph supplied)
Helen Cooper of Conyers (File photograph)

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Published August 03, 2021 at 5:53 pm (Updated August 03, 2021 at 5:54 pm)

Conyers puts millions towards legal studies

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