There was cause for a double celebration for Paul Morton who not only joined 20 colleagues graduating from the University of Cumbria’s law department but was awarded a prestigious prize.
Paul received the law undergraduate student of the year prize in recognition of his achievements during a demanding but rewarding course, ranked first in the north west of England.
"It was the people who made the course –and the range of practical experience and placements really helped,” Paul said. Now working in Carlisle, he’s also continuing to study with the aim of achieving a masters degree alongside his work as a volunteer civilian instructor with Carlisle Air Cadets.
The Cumbria law course, accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Bar Standards Board, offers students the opportunity to get plenty of hands-on experience, including working with clients, mooting and mock court proceedings, shadowing the judiciary in Cumbria and advocacy training days.
“Since arriving at the University of Cumbria Paul has contributed greatly to the life of the Law School particularly enjoying participating in mooting in his first year which included delivering training to other students taking part in mooting competitions,” Ann Thanaraj, principal lecturer in law, said. “For the past year, he has given his time, energy and enthusiasm to the role of Student Law Society (SLS) President, having taken an active part in the SLS since his first year of studies. He worked very hard in supporting initiatives including the Cumbria Law Conference and the Law Ball. He has also shown great commitment to a career in the legal profession, seeking out useful work experience with a local firm. Whilst studying, he has also successfully maintained his long standing commitment to the RAF Air Cadets, reaching the senior position of Cadet Flight Sergeant, showing his tenacity and leadership qualities.”
Paul joins a growing number of law students to graduate from the university which recorded 100% course satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) and came second in the UK for student satisfaction for tutor feedback (Guardian League Tables 2017).