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Queen's law graduate receives Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship

Queen’s law graduate Aine Doyle has been awarded the Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship. The award will cover the fees of the one-year Bar Trainee course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS), amounting to £10,400.

Pictured L-R are: Professor Barbara Jemphrey, Lord Justice Horner, Clodagh Doyle, John Kerr, Aine Doyle, Seamus Doyle, Siofra Healy, Patrick Kerr, Moira Smyth KC, Mr Justice O'Hara, and Bernard Brady KC.

The Lord Kerr Scholarship was established in memory of Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, Law alumnus of Queen’s in 1969, former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 

Speaking about  the award, Aine who graduated in 2022,  said: “I am privileged to have been selected as the recipient of the Lord Kerr scholarship for 2023/24. The Lord Kerr scholarship has been a huge assistance for my family, who have been incredibly supportive in my ambitious dream to become a Barrister. I’m determined to make the most of this exceptional opportunity. It is a real dream come true. 

Lord Kerr was passionate about protecting the vulnerable within our justice system, and protecting those values which uphold it. I hope to honour his memory by keeping those same values at heart when I begin to practice.” 

 As a lasting legacy to Lord Kerr’s commitment to both Queen’s and The Bar of Northern Ireland, and to his vision of a more diverse Bar, the Scholarship is awarded annually to one Law graduate, to fund their fees for the Bar Trainee course at the IPLS.

Siofra Healy, Head of Individual and Corporate Philanthropy said: "The Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship Fund is of vital importance in widening participation and creating a more diverse and representative Bar. We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Scholarship Fund including the Kerr family, Gray’s Inn, and The Bar of Northern Ireland. Without your support we would not be able to provide this worthy and much needed scholarship.” 

 Find out more about the Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship.