Final year student Lauren McHugh receives 2023 PLT Scholarship

FLPA and the College of Law are delighted to announce final year University of Queensland Arts/Law student Lauren McHugh as the 2023 recipient of the FLPA and College of Law Practical Legal Training Scholarship.

Chosen from a strong field of applications in 2023, Lauren will receive the equivalent of the fee for undertaking the College of Law Practical Legal Training (PLT) course and $1,000 cash.

In addition to this outstanding financial prize, Lauren will also receive mentoring and a work experience placement over the course of College of Law PLT with a FLPA experienced member to help her attain the work experience component of her practical legal training.

Lauren has a strong interest in family law, particularly in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the process of negotiation and communication in family law.

Currently working as a legal assistant in a law firm at Ipswich, Lauren has also gained experience with several volunteer programs throughout her studies.

Lauren said she aspires to develop her skills as a solicitor through a commitment to life-long education, maintaining a strong professional network, and prioritising consistent self-reflection.

“The Scholarship holds great significance for me, not only for the financial support it provides but also for the invaluable guidance and mentorship from esteemed family lawyers it offers,” Lauren said.

“Receiving the Scholarship provides foundational support as I commence my career, promoting me to develop my capabilities as a solicitor, and consequentially my ability to provide assistance to my community.”

FLPA and the College of Law were very pleased with the high standard and the number of applications for the 2023 scholarship.

FLPA President Shannon Daykin said FLPA looks forward to continuing this partnership with the College of Law and being able to provide this opportunity for the next generation of family lawyers.

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