London student Sarah achieves top marks in family law

17 Sep 2014

London law student Sarah Dodds has been awarded the prestigious Resolution Prize for outstanding achievement in family law studies. The Resolution Prize is awarded annually by family law organisation Resolution to the student who obtains the highest overall mark in the family law paper of the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Sarah, based at the University of Law’s Bloomsbury campus, scored 90% on the family law paper, which is taken by every law student in the country as part of the qualification needed to practice as a solicitor.

Jo Edwards, Chair of Resolution says: “Sarah has achieved a great mark in this fascinating, challenging area of law and I would like to offer her my congratulations. Resolution is proud to sponsor this award, which identifies the brightest talents in the next generation of family lawyers. I wish Sarah every success in her future career in the law.”

Sarah Dodds, Resolution prize winner, comments: “I’m truly delighted to have won the Resolution prize. As a part-time Legal Practice Certificate student completing a traineeship, I had many different demands on my time and I am pleased that I was able to do the family law course justice whilst progressing in my trainee role.”

Resolution represents over 6,500 family lawyers, mediators and affiliates who are committed to helping couples separate in a way that minimises conflict, helping them to find solutions that consider the needs of the whole family, particularly the best interests of children. As part of her prize, Sarah has been awarded a year’s free membership of Resolution with access to training, support and networking. This includes access to YRes, Resolution’s group for family lawyers at the beginning of their career.

Sarah comments: “Family law can still sometimes be adversarial in a way that no other area of law is, due to the emotional involvement of the parties. I imagine that this can be challenging for both the parties and the lawyers that are involved. However, helping the parties reach a positive resolution, allowing them to move forward with their lives in the way that they want, must be extremely rewarding.”

The University of Law is Britain’s largest legal training organisation for both student solicitors and barristers.