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The Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship 2023/24

Congratulations to Aine Doyle who has been awarded the Lord Kerr Bar Scholarship for 2023/24.

Pictured L-R are: Mr Justice O'Hara, Aine Doyle, John Kerr, Professor Barbara Jemphrey and Patrick Kerr

The Scholarship is given in memory of Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore (1948-2020), Law alumnus of Queen’s University Belfast (1969), former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Queen’s University and the Bar of Northern Ireland meant a great deal to Lord Kerr. As a lasting legacy to both and a commitment to a more diverse Bar, this scholarship is awarded annually to one Queen’s University Law graduate to fund their fees for the Bar Trainee course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

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.” 

We wish Aine every success in her future career.