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The Conyers Dill & Pearman Annual Student Cocktail Reception has become one of the key law student events in Bermuda’s summer calendar, and this year’s event was one of the most successful yet.
Held last Thursday night, the event is an open house for Bermuda’s aspiring legal minds to mix and mingle with Conyers lawyers and discuss training contracts, seasonal opportunities and the Conyers Legal Scholarship. It is also an opportunity for students to network with others entering the legal profession, who may one day become their peers.
This year’s reception was held at Conyers’ Richmond House conference facility and attended by 70 lawyers and students, including over 40 Bermudian students studying law across England and Canada, as well as mature students and those interested in finding out more about the profession. 25 Lawyers from Conyers’ corporate, litigation and private client practices were on hand to speak with students and answer questions about different areas of law in Bermuda.
Attendees were also able to speak with Conyers’ 12 summer students, who have gained hands-on experience with real client matters through the Conyers’ Summer Programme, which runs from May-August annually for flexible periods between 1-3 months and allows students to experience a view of life at Conyers.
One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the recipient of the Conyers Legal Scholarship, a prestigious award valued at $30,000 per year for up to three years. Samantha Cox received this year’s award, while Akilah Beckles, Sarita Ebbin, Matthew Sharpe and Jessica Johnson were awarded bursaries of $5,000, $10,000, $10,000 and $15,000 respectively. Since 1982, Conyers has awarded close to $2.5 million to Bermudians entering the legal profession.
Speaking after the event, Conyers Director Chris Garrod commented: “Conyers is proud to provide Bermudians with the opportunities and resources they need to pursue a career in law. We are delighted to see the diversity of attendees at this year’s reception, ranging from those wishing to pursue a career from school to those coming from other backgrounds.”
Conyers has actively supported the development of Bermudians entering the legal profession for over 25 years. Applications for Conyers’ Summer Student Programme are due by March 31 each year, and for the Conyers Legal Scholarship, by July 15 each year. For more information please contact Conyers’ Human Resources team at 295 1422.