A FORMER Chester Catholic High School pupil has scooped a double prize for coming top of his university law class.
Jack Murphy, 19, beat all of his classmates to take top marks for the tort law module at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) with an impressive score of 75 – a first.
Thanks to the legal eagle’s hard work, he picked up a ï¿½100 prize and a sought-after work placement with solicitors’ firm Duncan Gibbins.
The teenager was presented with his prizes at a ceremony at MMU’s Manchester Law School.
The aspiring lawyer, of Garden Village, Wrexham, can’t wait to get stuck into his second year of the LLB Law degree, which he starts in a few weeks.
He said: “I got a phone call from my tutor at about 8.50am saying she needed to talk to me – I thought something had gone wrong.
“But I found out about my marks and couldn’t believe it, I was obviously so happy. Then I found out I had won the prize as well.
“To get a placement is a fantastic result because it’s hard to get them and the industry is quite competitive.
“It will really help me as I go forward with my career. In the future, hopefully I can do the barristers’ training course or the legal practice course.
“I love the course even though it’s tough. I have loved every bit of it and the tutors are fantastic.”
Jack will now go on to spend a week learning the ropes with Merseyside personal injury solicitors Duncan Gibbins.
Solicitor Mark Ellis, from the firm, presented Jack with the prize and said: “For all of the students, the idea is to get a training contract with solicitors or to take a pupillage to become a barrister – two separate pathways at this stage.
“So the idea is to get experience in both areas to see what suits him which the placement will help with.
“He’s done well to get the grades and it’s a fantastic achievement he should be proud of.”