LLM student Charles Ashie of the University of Edinburgh Law School is declared one of the six winners of the latest Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition. He is part of the team that bested 1,500 applicants and 23 finalists to the competition.
The Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition is a one of a kind national competition in UK. It is open to both graduates and undergraduates considered to be career changers. It is designed to develop, enhance and refine the awareness of competitors of the current, economic and political affairs, and how each one affects the commercial world.
The latest competition started November 2017 and ended March 2018. It comprised of five rounds and is CV-blind, thus allowing judges to base their decisions on the performance of participants and not in their academic background or prior experience.
Charles Ashie stated that the competition provided him "with the confidence to stand out in the legal profession." It gave him the necessary skills to win the competition, e.g., public speaking, argumentation and teamwork skills. The other winners included in Ashie's team are Arjun Patel, Elisabeth Fapuro, Richard Herstell and William Crutchley. The Individual Outstanding Performance was awarded to Sarah Johnson.
The winning team will win the following prizes and bragging rights:
- Six week legal work experience from the organization's six sponsors, one week each (Sponsors are Barclays, Dechert, Clifford Chance, TLT, Mayer Brown and Travers Smith);
- A tailored suit and shirt for each team member from sponsors A Suit That Fits and Lexis Nexis; and,
- The priceless opportunity of impressing law firms.
Interested law undergraduates and graduates may now apply for the next scheduled competition as registrations are now accepted.