Birmingham University Graduate Wins Top Law Student Award

University of Birmingham political science graduate Tom Elsey has scooped one of the major law student awards in the country.

Tom, aged 28, is joint winner of the DLA Award, which is presented by leading international law firm DLA Piper. 

The prize is for the student who obtains the highest combined mark in the Business and Commercial Law parts of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The College of Law in Birmingham. All those intending to become solicitors must pass the LPC before they can proceed to the next stage of practice. 

Tom was a student at the College until July and scored 88 per cent in the Business Law exam and 86 per cent in the Commercial Law exam. He shares the award with one other former College student.

Tom graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2006 with a 2:1 Class Honours Degree in Political Science.

He said: “I am delighted to have won this award and am excited about beginning my legal career at Stewarts Law.”

Tom has recently started work as a paralegal in the Commercial Litigation department of litigation specialist firm Stewarts Law in London, which is currently litigating a number of high profile cases.

The College of Law is Britain's largest legal training organisation for both student solicitors and barristers and attracts some of the country's most able students. It has centres in London, Guildford, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Chester and York.

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