Liliya Tsvetanova and April Sloan, both currently studying on the Graduate LLB, have been named finalists in Future Legal Mind, National Accident Helpline’s award to find the brightest young legal talent in the country. They are in with a chance to win a £5,000 prize, plus a coveted work experience placement at a top law firm.
Liliya Tsvetanova, Graduate LLB student at Edinburgh Law School.
Liliya, who grew up in Bulgaria but has lived in Edinburgh for the past 10 years, is the first of her family to attend university. In addition to studying on the Graduate LLB Liliya also works part-time in a bank, in fraud prevention.
Liliya's interests and previous work experience led her to choose a career in law. She has worked as a Parliamentary Aide to a Member of the Scottish Parliament, interned in Legal and Compliance, and provided technical support for insurance products, tax and trust law in financial services most recently. Talking about a career in law Liliya said:
"I have had the opportunity to see the impact the law has on people and businesses and its capacity for forging change, and am a true believer that there is a higher purpose to the legal profession."
Liliya has been shortlisted by a panel of industry experts alongside seven other students, and says she is overjoyed to be nominated for the top prize:
“I am delighted and privileged to reach the final of the Future Legal Mind."
April Sloan, Graduate LLB student at Edinburgh Law School.
The 27-year old student, originally from Falkirk, graduated from University of Glasgow Dental School in 2013 and has been working as an NHS dental practitioner in Fife and Edinburgh for the past 5 years. Through her work, April realised that she wanted to move into a legal career with the aim of someday working in dental clinical negligence.
April has been shortlisted by a panel of industry experts alongside seven other students, and says she is excited to be nominated for the top prize:
“I am both surprised and delighted as I did not expect to be shortlisted as I am at a reasonably early stage of my legal career. I would also like to win as it would give me an edge in a very competitive area and the work experience would be invaluable. This competition allowed me to research an area of law I am particularly interested in, and I hope would show to potential future employers my commitment and seriousness over this area of law."
The winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced later this month.