Naima makes history with top law spot


Naima Ali, Portsmouth College student and formerly of Portsmouth Academy, has made college history by winning a prestigious scholarship with global law firm CMS which currently ranks within the top ten law firms in the U.K. 

Winning £2,500 for each year of her undergraduate degree, including work experience and an opportunity to be mentored, Naima has taken one very large step towards her goal of becoming a qualified solicitor in a corporate law firm. Having won the Linklaters LLP national challenge earlier this year where the aspiring solicitor won an impressive £12,000, Naima is clearly focused on her career in Law.

Naima had this to say about her latest competition entry;

As part of the competition, I had to write a 1,000 word essay discussing whether ‘all students at all secondary schools should be searched regularly’. I argued that there were various risks facing secondary schools in the UK, including radicalisation, gang violence and prohibited items being brought into schools. An increasing international problem is also gun violence but this raises the question of whether visitors should be searched rather than students since most perpetrators are not directly related to the school. I also discussed the issues with allowing searches such as the individual freedom of students, a basic human right, as well as the increasingly creative methods individuals go to, to smuggle items into prohibited places.”

Only twelve entries to the competition were then invited for an interview at the London office on Tuesday 17th September. On the assessment day, Naima faced a half an hour interview with Partner, Alison McHaffie and Senior Associate, Chris Bradshaw. Naima also took part in a group negotiation task developing real-life lawyer skills whilst also meeting associates and trainees at the law firm.

Naima has big plans for her future;

I am hoping to study an undergraduate Law degree at a Russell Group university. Then completing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and hopefully a Masters. I then hope to obtain a training contract at a corporate law firm, which will enable me to become a qualified solicitor.”

Simon Barrable, Portsmouth College Principal, was delighted on hearing the news:

Naima is a truly remarkable Portsmouth College student! To win not one but two national competitions run by leading law firms is incredible. She clearly has a very bright future ahead of her and we are very proud to call her one of our own.”

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