A former Aboyne Academy pupil, who was encouraged to go to university after gaining an HND in Legal Services at North East Scotland College, graduated with her second degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) is heading to Boston to study for her Masters in Law.
Heather Taylor (23) from Ballater also became RGU’s first ever winner of the Carnegie Trust’s St Andrew’s Scholarship which is awarded to help a student from a Scottish university to study in the States.
She made the transition from college to university thanks to an MOU between the two educational institutions which sees them work together to widen access to higher learning for HNC/HND students through a Degree Link programme.
“The combination of the amazing college staff and the course content at the college made me realise I was passionate about my subject and wanted to pursue a career in law and this meant attending university to gain an LLB,” said Heather.
“I was drawn to the history of the law, the passionate debates it awakens in people and the highly complex issues that it addresses. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at university and though I’m excited for the next stage I’m sad to be leaving RGU.”
Heather was accepted to study law at three US universities, with each one offering her a scholarship. She decided on Boston where she has been awarded a Deans Merit Scholarship to help cover her tuition fees.
“After completing my Masters I intend to undertake the state bar exam so that I can practice law in America,” she said. “I’m immensely proud of my achievements so far and all of the work I’ve put in over the last four years.
“One of the highlights of my time at RGU was the work I undertook with the RGU Law Clinic where I had the opportunity assist clients with real world legal issues.”
When she’s not studying law Heather is still involved with rugby. Between the ages 18 and 20, prior to injury, she continued to playing with the SWRU in various squads. She has also coached youth rugby for several years and is currently a coach with Deeside Rugby Club in Banchory.
by Kate Yuill
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