Class of 2018: Passionate student wins law prize

Graduate Tasha Polley is pictured with Angela Ashcroft and CEO Glen Llewellyn from Morton’s Solicitors

Published on 11 July 2018

Tasha Polley, 21, has been awarded the Morton’s Solicitors Prize for her Outstanding Achievement in Law after graduating from the University of Sunderland with a First Class degree this week.

Tasha, from Ballywalter in County Down, says she has dreamed of a career in law since spending her work experience alongside a barrister in Northern Ireland as a teenager. 

She says: “The legal sector appealed to me and intrigued me more than any other area of work, as I was always passionate about the law and recognised the importance of the law in almost every aspect of life. I carried out work experience with a barrister and was fascinated with everything about their day-to-day work life. Instantly, I knew I wanted to go into practice, and obtaining an LLB Law degree seemed like the obvious and easy choice to make.

“I have loved every moment of my studies at Sunderland. Studying here has provided me with an opportunity to challenge myself and to gain invaluable practical skills which I feel confident that I could put into practice in a working environment.”

Tasha says that winning the Morton’s Solicitors Prize came as a huge surprise, “It shows that hard work does pay off,” she adds, “and has definitely confirmed that I made the right choice in choosing to study my degree in Sunderland.”  

The University of Sunderland’s Graduation Ceremonies are estimated to bring £1 million annually to the region and are attended by over 11,000 students, family, friends and supporters.