UCLan law student scoops prestigious Neuberger Prize for outstanding course work

6 November 2019

Jonathan Herd given membership of exclusive Lincoln’s Inn society and £1,000 prize

A UCLan law student has been awarded the prestigious national Neuberger Prize following outstanding work during the second year of his course.

Jonathan Herd, (21) who comes from Preston, is one of only five students in the country to be awarded the prize, which in addition to a £1,000 cash prize will make him a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, nationally recognised as one of the leading training and education centres for student and newly qualified barristers.

"Jonathan showed himself to be an outstanding student right from the very first term of his law degree"

His success comes in recognition of his outstanding work in the second year of his course at the university, which saw him achieve first class grades in all of his course work modules throughout the year. Currently he is studying for a Law LLB (Hons) degree at the university.

In addition to this latest honour, Jonathan has received three other awards during the last year from Lancashire Law School, including the Oxford University Press Prize for Outstanding Performance in EU Law.

He has also received recognition for winning the highest overall mark of any Lancashire law student in 2018/19, as well as the Dean’s list for achieving a first-class mark overall.

Jonathan will receive the Neuberger prize at a special presentation ceremony to be held at Lincoln’s Inn’s headquarters in Central London. As part of the ceremony he will have the chance to meet Lord Neuberger, former president of the Supreme Court.

Jonathan said: “When I found out I had won the award I was absolutely over the moon. Winning the award means that all the long hours spent studying have paid off and for me it shows that if you apply yourself you can achieve great things.

“It also highlights the level of support and opportunity that the staff at Lancashire law school within UCLan provide to you and I am very grateful to them for that.”

Winning the Neuberger Prize will give Jonathan free student membership of the Lincoln’s Inn Society, giving him the chance to network with barristers, judges scholars and other legal professionals. He will also be to potentially apply for scholarships.in the future through the Society.

Justine Mitchell, Lecturer in Law at UCLan and Jonathan’s Year 2 Course Leader said: “Jonathan showed himself to be an outstanding student right from the very first term of his law degree when I taught him.

“He has endeavoured to take advantage of a number of extracurricular activities and I have no doubt that he will go on to do very well if he is successful at the Bar.”