Launched in April 2018, the Appleby Bursary Scheme is the island’s first and only scheme, which supports students interested in pursuing a career in law. The scheme offers two bursaries annually, with financial assistance either for undergraduates entering the final year of their law degree and then continuing towards the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or for non-law graduates studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and then the LPC.

Ruby Roberts and Katie Entwisle are the recipients of the 2018 bursaries, each receiving a two-year financial commitment from Appleby.

Former Queen Elizabeth II High School student Ruby Roberts, 21, graduated from her three-year Law LLB (Hons) degree at the University of Liverpool in July 2018. This month she will commence the LPC with the University of Law in Liverpool.

Ruby said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this bursary by Appleby and to be taking the next step in my career studying towards the Legal Practice Course. It’s fantastic to see a law firm invest in local talent; I’m excited to get back to Liverpool now and to commence my course. This is an incredible opportunity and I am extremely grateful.”

25-year-old Katie Entwisle, former Ballakermeen High School student, graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Linguistics with French. After working on-island for a number of years, she is returning to her studies in September, commencing the GDL at the University of Law in Manchester, a 12-month course designed to provide a diploma equivalent to a law degree. She will then complete the LPC.

Katie said: “To be awarded a bursary by the island’s largest law firm is an incredible feeling. The scheme is a great initiative; it has given me the confidence I needed to pursue a career in law and I can’t wait to get my head down and make the most of this opportunity. It’s going to be a busy few years, but I’m motivated for the challenge.”

Both candidates will be considered for a training contract with Appleby at the end of their studies.

Managing Partner of Appleby Isle of Man, Faye Moffett, added: “We are passionate about investing in and developing local talent on the Isle of Man. I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ruby and Katie to the wider Appleby family. I wish them both the best of luck in their studies and have every confidence in their future success.”

Applications for the 2019 Isle of Man Appleby Bursary Scheme will open in the coming months.

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