Ripon Grammar School sixth form student Tom Cave has won a prize in a University of Oxford competition. An essay he wrote on a complex legal issue, was among entries from all over the world.
Tom, who aspires to be a lawyer, was selected from a competitive international field to win a place at the university’s online legal workshops. His entry in the legal reasoning competition was highly commended in a group of 84 entries.
Corpus Christi College outreach officer Katharine Baysan, said:
“It clearly engaged with the materials and sought to understand their meaning and effect,”
Tom, from Burton Leonard, had to analyse, using legislative texts, how the law would apply to a case revolving around negligence. He entered the competition for the Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize, named after the international-acclaimed legal scholar.
“I thought it would also be beneficial to gain some extra research skills which would be helpful for my extended project qualification (EPQ) and for life after school.”
He has been examining whether Whole Life Orders are justified on the basis of human rights and criminal justice for his EPQ during lockdown and pointed out:
“Offenders can spend their whole life in prison without possibility of parole and I’m examining whether it’s acceptable to remove their hope as well as their liberty.”
Tom, who is 17 and a volunteer, at the Ripon Walled Garden, is hoping to complete his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award this year.
During the covid lockdown, he has also begun virtual work experience with international corporate law firm White & Case.
In addition to the place he has won on the Oxford online workshops, Tom was presented with a certificate detailing his achievement at a prize-giving with Professor Cane and invited to a law faculty taster day.