Law student Queenet Awesu, has been awarded a £13k Diana, Princess of Wales Scholarship to pursue studying for the bar from The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.
Middle Temple is one of four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call members to the Bar of England and Wales as barristers. The Inn’s Diana, Princess of Wales Scholarship is given to candidates deemed specially deserving of assistance, with the interview criteria assessing character and ability to overcome adversity.
The award will help fund the costs of the Bar Practice Course LLM that Queenet will study at the University of Law, on her path to becoming a barrister. She was also awarded the Blackstone Entrance Exhibition worth £230 which covers Middle Temple’s Admission and Call Fees.
Queenet’s scholarship interview for the scholarship was conducted virtually, with a panel comprising a barrister and two high court judges, in which she was questioned on the topic of human trafficking.
She was also asked whether she felt the government had been proportionate in lockdown; to describe a time where she had seen good or bad advocacy; and to identify the greatest obstacle she had faced in her path to becoming a barrister.
Colchester local Queenet, 21, said of being awarded the scholarship: ‘I am very grateful to my mentors at Kent Law School in guiding me to where I am now and through the interviews. Being awarded this scholarship affirms I am on the right track and I urge all those considering tackling a subject like Law to take the opportunity. You’re the only person that can show off your skills, no one will know your potential until you put yourself out there.’
Kent Law School Employability and Careers Development Officer Jayne Instone said: ‘Queenet is incredibly deserving of this prestigious scholarship and Kent Law School is proud to see her make her way forward in the profession. She is a prime example of the success a student can achieve with dedication to their studies and passion for their subject.’