Leah Crooks Graduation- Friday 30th June

Queen’s student overcomes illness to graduate with law degree


Queen’s Student, Leah Crooks from Whitehead will graduate today (Friday 30 June) with a degree in Law and Politics, from the School of Law at Queen’s University.

Leah, 22, had to temporarily withdraw from her course to have major surgery to treat Crohn’s Disease, however, determined not to let her condition hold her back, once she was well enough she returned to Queen’s to complete her degree.

Leah has been actively involved in the student community and has undertaken numerous extracurricular activities. A keen hockey player, she was a member of Queen’s Ladies Hockey Club, winning the Ulster Junior League One, the Ulster McConnell Shield, the President’s Cup and the Irish Junior Cup 2016. This was the first time Queen's has won the title since 1972.

Speaking ahead of her graduation, Leah said: “I have wanted to practice law from a young age and Queen's has helped me to realise my ambition. My course allowed me to engage with people who have a wide range of perspectives which helped to challenge my thinking and studies.

“The support I have received from Queen's has been incredible. As a result of having Crohn's Disease I have also been assisted by disability services at the University who have helped me access a wide range of support which has been very useful throughout the course of my studies.”

Following graduation, Leah will take up a place on the solicitor course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's.

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