Esther Bukoye

Year of call:

2020 (Pupil)

Education:

2018 - University of Liverpool LLB (Hons)

2021 - BPP University - LLM Legal Practice (including BPTC) - Distinction (Very Competent)

Career:

2018 - Vice President of Liverpool Guild of Students

2020 - Civil Servant at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

2021 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers

Awards:

2017 - Awarded a Pro-Bono Award for contributions to the statelessness Project at Liverpool Law Clinic

2017 - 1st Place winner in BPP's Advocate of the Year Competition for the North West and ranked 8th nationally

2019 - Awarded a medal by the Chancellor of the University of Liverpool for contributions made to the student community

2019 - BPP Career Commitment Scholarship

2020 - Finalist in BPP Leeds internal mooting competition

Prior to commencing pupillage, Esther worked as a Civil Servant at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) where she gained experience supporting vulnerable individuals and individuals with complex needs on Universal Credit. As a result of her experience at DWP, Esther has been able to sharpen and display emotional intelligence and empathy when supporting members of the community through sensitive and difficult periods in their life.

In her prior role as Vice President of Liverpool Guild of Students, Esther gained experience advocating for the rights of over 26,000 students at the University of Liverpool on a University, local, and national level. Esther ran a number of successful campaigns to make a difference in her student community on topics such as housing rights, equality & diversity and more. During her time as VP, she founded the Guild’s first ‘Black Leadership Conference’, founded the ‘Guild Talks’ series which fostered dialogue on diversity, equality, and black history and created the ‘I Have a Dream to Thrive’ conference which trained 60 students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in the art of public speaking. Esther also honed her attention to detail and analytical skills through sitting on several University committees, board of disciplines panels and gained exposure sitting on University Fitness to Practise Panels. In recognition of her work, Esther was awarded a medal by the Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.

During her BPTC, Esther has supported progression into the Bar via volunteering at initiatives such as the Young Citizens Bar Mock Trials in Leeds and partaking in a number of pro-bono projects such as Streetlaw where she simplified and explained the law to members of the local community. She also volunteered at BPP’s Employment Law Telephone Advice Line (ELTAL) giving her exposure to employment law issues. Whilst at BPP, Esther was a finalist in BPP Leeds internal Mooting competition. Esther was also awarded with the Career Commitment scholarship which is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate an aptitude for a legal career, strong work ethic and more.