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Conyers Dill & Pearman has announced Samantha Cox as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Conyers Dill & Pearman Legal Scholarship Award.

The award, valued at $30,000 per year for up to three years, involves a highly-competitive selection process including a written application and intensive interviews.

Ms Cox was chosen for her strong academic records and focus on performing outstanding levels of work. She holds a BSc (Honours) in Psychology from Durham University and will attend BPP Law School in London in September as a student of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). A Bermudian, Ms Cox is currently employed at Conyers through the Conyers’ Summer Programme, which provides students with hands-on experience with real client matters.

The award was announced at Conyers’ Annual Student Cocktail Reception on Thursday night, which saw law students mix and mingle with lawyers from Conyers’ corporate, litigation and private client teams to learn more about the profession.

In addition to the scholarship, Conyers has also awarded bursaries to four Bermudian law students. Akilah Beckles received $5,000 and will begin the Graduate Diploma in Law at Kaplan Law School/College of London in September. Sarita Ebbin received $10,000 and will begin an LPC at the College of Law Moorgate in September. Matthew Sharpe was also handed $10,000, and will enter his final year of an LLB at the University of Kent in September. Jessica Johnson was given a $5,000 increase to her existing bursary bringing the total to $15,000. Jessica will enter her second year of an LLB at the University of Exeter next month.

Chris Garrod, director in Conyers’ Corporate practice, said: “We are pleased to present Samantha, Akilah, Sarita, Matthew and Jessica with these deserved awards and congratulate them on their achievement. Each has shown consistent, outstanding excellence both in their studies and, in Samantha, Sarita, Matthew and Jessica’s cases, through our Summer Student Programme. We wish them every success as they embark on these new challenges in September.”

Ms Cox said: “I am thrilled to have been selected as the recipient of this scholarship. Conyers has given me an excellent opportunity, and working there this summer has been a stimulating and insightful experience. I look forward to commencing my legal studies in September.”

Conyers has actively supported the professional development of Bermudian students entering the legal profession for more than 25 years. Since 1982, Conyers has awarded almost $2.5 million in scholarships and bursaries. The Conyers Legal Scholarship is presented annually to a Bermudian enrolled in a law degree course leading to a Commonwealth legal qualification and subsequent admission to the Bermuda Bar.

The annual student cocktail reception one of the key law student events in the summer calender was hailed as one of the most successful events to date.

This year’s reception was held at Conyers’ Richmond House conference facility and attended by 70 lawyers and students, including more than 40 Bermudian students studying law across England and Canada, as well as mature students and those interested in finding out more about the profession. Twenty-five lawyers from Conyers’ corporate, litigation and private client practices were on hand to speak with students and field questions about different areas of law in Bermuda.

Attendees were also able to speak with Conyers’ 12 summer students taking part in the firm’s Summer Programme, which runs from May-August annually for flexible periods between one to three months.

The deadline for applications for Conyers’ Summer Student Programme is March 31 and for the Conyers Legal Scholarship it is July 15.

For more information about Conyers’ scholarships and bursaries contact human resources at 295-1422.

Helping hand: CD&P bursary awardees (from left) Matthew Sharpe, Samantha Cox, Jessica Johnson, Akilah Beckles and Sarita Ebbin
Legal reception: Adam Johnson, Erin Vickers, Navarone Moscher, Jessica Johnson, David Astwood, Samantha Cox and Graham Collis at the Conyers Law Student Reception
Legal reception: Alexander Collis, Alex Doyle, Ciara Brady and Alex Potts
Scholarship award: Conyers legal scholarship recipient Samantha Cox

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Published August 23, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 23, 2011 at 10:05 am)

Cox named CD&P legal scholarship winner

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