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Liverpool law student wins coveted bursary

16/11/2010

Law bursary recipient named

 

Liverpool law student, Grace Nquot, has been named as the recipient of the Anthony Walker Law Bursary.

The bursary, supported by Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), was created in honour of murdered student Anthony Walker.

Grace, 18, from Kitrkby, is a former Archbishop Blanch pupil who is now studying law at Manchester Metrolpolitan University. She will receive a bursary each year for the next three years to help pay for expenses such as tuition fees and text books and provide paid work experience with CPS and the Anthony Walker Foundation.

As part of the work experience, she will join the legal team at Merseyside CPS during the holidays, where she will train alongside prosecutors and paralegal teams with a specific focus on race hate crime. She will also be working to support the Anthony Walker Foundation's Young Ambassador programme and community events.

Christopher Taylor, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Merseyside, and Grace's mentor, said: "We have developed a training programme for Grace which includes her shadowing our prosecutors and paralegal officers as they prepare cases, and will involve her attending court to see how we present them.

"We want to give Grace a real insight into the complexities and challenges of criminal law, as well as demonstrating the rewards of working in the justice service."

Mr Taylor was involved in the selection panel for the bursary and commends Grace's skills and attitude. He said: "Even though the standard of the applicants we saw was extremely high, Grace really stood out for her enthusiasm, commitment to law and her excellent academic qualifications. We're delighted to have found someone of Grace's calibre and I'm really looking forward to working with her."

Grace is pleased with her success and said: "I can't believe my luck and it's made my mum and dad so proud! Thank you so much."

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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire, on 0151 239 6465.

 


BACKGROUND

Anthony Walker aspired to become a lawyer, but was murdered in a racist attack in Huyton, Liverpool, in 2005.  

Following a recommendation made in the CPS HQ Equality & Diversity Unit report on the handling of the case, the Anthony Walker Law Bursary was announced by the Attorney General and set up by the Crown Prosecution Service in memory of Anthony.

The bursary exists to support students pursuing a career in law and also contribute to addressing under-representation of people from BME and lower-income groups in the legal profession as CPS prosecutors.