Tim Langton (pictured left) and Patrick Swaffer (right).

Tim Langton (pictured left) and Patrick Swaffer (right) are partners at Goodman Derrick LLP

Alumni inspire law firm to support students

Two Exeter graduates have inspired their law firm to set up a scholarship to give financial assistance to students.

Tim Langton (pictured left) and Patrick Swaffer (right), who are partners at Goodman Derrick LLP, London, hope the scholarship will help a new generation of University of Exeter law undergraduates to succeed.

The Goodman Derrick LLP Scholarship is for an undergraduate in the School of Law and may be used to pay for tuition fees, maintenance, accommodation and living costs.

Tim, from the Politics Class of 1974, and Patrick, from the Law Class of 1973, encouraged their firm to set up the award. The value of the scholarship is £5,000 per year, initially for three years. Tim returned to the University last year and gave a talk to non-law students about pursuing a career in the legal profession. He also met his former American Politics Professor Malcolm Shaw. “The highlight of my day was having the opportunity, almost 35 years after last seeing him, of sharing a coffee with Professor Malcolm Shaw who had had the misfortune of tutoring me in my final year course in American Politics,” Tim said. “When I joined Goodman Derrick in 1976 one of my fellow trainees was another Exeter graduate Patrick Swaffer. Patrick now combines being a partner in our Media Department with his responsibility as Managing Partner.

We are now two of the three longest serving partners and our suggestion to the remaining ones that Goodman Derrick should fund a scholarship was very well received. After all this time its very satisfying for us both to think that Goodman Derrick might be able to provide some practical assistance to a student of law who may not have the same opportunities which we did.”

Applicants for the scholarship may be nationals of any country. From the academic year 2008/9 the scholarship will be awarded to one student for three years whilst studying any undergraduate degree programme in the School of Law.

Both the University and the School of Law would like to thank Tim Langton, Patrick Swaffer and Goodman Derrick LLP for creating this scholarship.

Date: 1 April 2008

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