A University of Leicester postgraduate student has been selected among the top three in the country in a law competition.
Haresh Sood clinched third place in Tomorrow’s Lawyer, sponsored by commercial law firm Addleshaw Booth & Co in association with The Times. The competition was launched last year and this year was part of The Times Annual Student Awards.
Entrants had to write an essay of 1,000 words explaining why the successful lawyer of the future needs a thorough understanding of their client’s business to deliver real commercial advantage. They also had to detail a practical life experience they believed better equipped them for a career in the law. Haresh (24), from Nottingham, won £2,000. A spokesperson for Leeds-based Addleshaw Booth and Co said: “We are looking for people with passion and drive, who possess a real enthusiasm and motivation for everything they undertake.
“The standard of entries was exceptionally high, matched only by the outstanding individual qualities evident in the personal submissions of all the contestants.
“Merely qualifying as one of the six short listed finalists was an achievement in itself and the judges had a very difficult task in coming to their decision following the day of presentations.”
Haresh, who already has an LLB from the University of Leicester which included a year in Italy as part of the course, is now engaged in an LLM programme of Higher European Legal Studies which will take him to Spain and France during the course.
He impressed the judges not simply by his academic abilities – but also by the wealth of experience he has gained in the commercial sector. At the age of 17 Haresh worked with BBC Radio Nottingham and later set up his own business Haresh Sood Productions to raise funds for charity by annually staging shows, dramas, concerts and conferences.
The organisation is now involved in charity fundraising, business marketing and media and public relations.
In 1999, Haresh – himself a singer - worked with former Miss Universe and Indian film actress Sushmita Sen on a concert tour/fashion show for cancer awareness. Since establishment in 1994, Haresh Sood Productions has raised over £5000 for more than 10 charities.
The talented student has added to his experience through membership of a range of committees including serving as an equal opportunities officer and a Labour students' chairman.
Haresh said: “The establishing of Haresh Sood Productions has made me a better communicator and spokesperson which, in my opinion, is vital to be a successful lawyer.”
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