James Hurd

James’ legal career gets off to a flying start as he achieves Distinction

Budding solicitor James Hurd today (Thursday January 23rd, 2014) received his Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), with Distinction, from Swansea University.

James, 26, who grew up in Kettering, Northamptonshire, but now lives in Church Street, Ammanford, received his award at the University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations, held at the City and County of Swansea’s Grand Theatre, cheered on by girlfriend Heledd Wyn and her mother.

James studied an undergraduate degree in History at Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities and following his graduation in 2009, he worked as a youth co-ordinator for Ammanford Evangelical Church. He then gained employment at Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn in Clase, a special educational needs secondary school, and it was during this period that James decided he wanted to pursue a career in law.

James returned to Swansea University after successfully applying to study at the College of Law on the GDL programme, which he completed last September. He has now progressed to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University, which he will complete in July 2014 and is training to become a solicitor.

James said: “I’m very happy to have completed my GDL programme; I really wanted to go into Law and to do well and achieve a Distinction after my year of study is an achievement I’m very proud of.

“Once I’ve completed the LPC, I hope to secure a training contract and to realise my ambition of becoming a solicitor.”

Michael Draper, LPC Course Director, said: “James has made an excellent start to his practice-based studies on the LPC, participating in work experience with the Welsh Assembly Government’s Legal Services.

“He has also earned the nickname of ‘Accounts Master’ from his peers, due to his proficiency at accounts and business awareness.

“I’m confident that the distinction James earned on the GDL programme is a mark of good things to come.”

For more information on Swansea University’s College of Law visit swansea.ac.uk/law