Amanda Spalding (21), a fourth year Law student at Robert Gordon University (RGU) has completed a three week placement at the Scottish Parliament, gaining valuable experience working under three different teams in the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, after winning the Scottish Parliament and Law Society Essay Competition.
The worthy student triumphantly beat hundreds of students to win the 2011 Scottish Parliament and Law Society Essay Competition; scooping £500 in prize money, having her essay published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland and the rare opportunity of a three week placement in the Solicitor's office at the Scottish Parliament.
Amanda said, "Winning meant a great deal to me as I would love a career in public law so getting the placement definitely brought me closer to that. I learnt a great deal about the different aspects of law within the Scottish Parliament and a highlight has to be the opportunity to sit in the public gallery in several committee meetings and in First Ministers Question Time.
"It showed how my degree is used in actual practice which has increased my understanding of certain subjects and will aid me in the coming year. I have now decided that a career in public law is definitely what I want to do."
The competition, in its third year, is run by The Law Society of Scotland and challenges students with the task of putting into writing which aspects of Scots Law should be recommended for change by any Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
The question the students were asked to consider this year was "Which of the Scottish Law Commission's unimplemented reports should a committee or a Member of the Scottish Parliament take forward to implement after the next election and why?"
Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society, said "The idea of the competition is to encourage law students in the final and penultimate years of the L.LB from all of Scotland's L.LB providing universities to think about the input of Scotland's 10,000 solicitors in shaping the country's laws."
Amanda Spalding at prize giving ceremony
Notes to editors
• The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solicitors, established in 1949 and financed by their members without any funding from government.
• The essay competition was originally launched to celebrate two important anniversaries - the 60th anniversary of the Law Society and the 10th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.
• Amandas published journal can be found at http://www.journalonline.co.uk/Magazine/56-7/1009967.aspx
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