Portsmouth student is awarded a top legal scholarship

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A LAW student from the University of Portsmouth has been awarded the highly coveted Queen Mother’s Scholarship.

The scholarship provides financial assistance to students wanting to study for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). It is the most prestigious award from The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, and is only given to a few outstanding candidates nationally each year.

Francis Payne, 20, will use the scholarship to pay most of the £16,000 fees for the course, which he will study next year at the City Law School in London.

He said: ‘Being awarded the scholarship is fantastic. Not only will it help financially, but it has given me confidence in my ability to follow my chosen career, and could help me get a pupillage after my BPTC.’

He was awarded the scholarship after impressing an interview panel of judges made up of senior members of the legal profession.