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And the winner is…

Every year, the SMF runs a nationwide competition for students on our Aspiring Professionals Programme to produce the best written account of their internship experience. We received many fantastic entries from SMF students across the country, and were very impressed with how all the students’ entries reflected the different ways in which they had embraced the opportunity to learn as much as possible about their chosen career sector.

After much deliberation it was decided that the winner was Simon, an aspiring lawyer, who wrote a fantastically creative entry about his Bar Week placement. The lucky runners-up are Beni, who completed an internship at the law firm, Linklaters, and Nathaniel, an aspiring medic from Nottingham who spent a week at the Queen’s Medical Centre. You can read Simon’s winning entry below.


I’m not a morning person, but I was forced to be one,

I don’t normally wear suits, but if I didn’t, I would be unable to come.

I started off small, Going through case files,

The next day was big; I witnessed a trial.

I got to coUrt, yet had to be checked?

I told them I did not carry a gun, yet still they inspect…

We cross examined our client, I couldn’t tell if he was lying,

I thought my poker face was good…

ClearLy he was more conniving.

Was it his dark blue denim jeans, or was it his red and white shirt?

For a man who could be sent to jail, He was calm? It was ABSURD!

We went into court, I watched and waited,

I wanted to take a picture, but for some reason it was prohibited.

Within fifteen minuTes we had won the case,

I was cheerful, ecstatic, and our client sought solace.

We left the court, and went our separate ways,

For us it was the chambers, for our client, who knows?

We wrapped up the case, which lasted for years,

I was glad to have witnessed the end of it,

SadlY there were no tears…

The description I depicted took place within a day,

If I was here for years to come,

The thrill I would gain would be hard to say.

My time and presence spent here will be unforgettable,

If I had to describe my experience here in one word, it would be Ineffable…

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