Congratulations to Sixth Former Susie Main who received a ‘highly commended’ award from Oxford University following her submission for the Peter Cane Prize for Legal Reasoning by an Aspiring Lawyer.

The competition posed a question based on a particular statute relating to contract law which contestants were asked to interpret.  With very limited legal knowledge, particularly in contract law, Susie spent her evenings researching online and reading books on contract law before using a weekend to write her essay.

Following her submission, Susie received a letter from the university stating that the judges had found her essay very interesting and as a result of its strength of argument and the clarity of its writing, had classed it as “highly commended”.  She was invited to spend a day at Oxford where she was able to find out what studying a law degree would entail, attending two workshops with law professors from Corpus Christi College which were very challenging but provided a great opportunity to experience law being taught as a subject.

Susie decided to enter the competition to give her a taste of studying and researching law and it is something she is interested in pursuing in the future. She says: “It was very challenging but also rewarding to understand and structure arguments around the statue in the question.”Susie, who is studying A levels in Biology, Maths, History and Politics, is considering a career in law.  She hopes to study a law degree or alternatively a politics degree before studying a law conversion course.

The Peter Cane Prize was launched by Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2017 and seeks to promote engagement with the ideas and reasoning behind law and legal studies, and particular to encourage those from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply to engage with the academic study of law.