Studying law is family affair

SCOTT Birse, who was inspired to study law, is pictured with his mother and father.
SCOTT Birse, who was inspired to study law, is pictured with his mother and father.
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Studying law at the University of Aberdeen has become a family affair for one Stonehaven household.

Scott Birse (24), who graduated on Monday July 4, decided to follow in his mum’s footsteps and to enrol at the University of Aberdeen for an accelerated law degree (LLB).

During his undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen, where he studied politics and international relations in 2009, his mum Mary was simultaneously studying law as a mature student at the university.

Mother and son would gather around the kitchen table to study and discuss complicated legal questions.

As Scott, a former Mackie Academy pupil, spent time with his mother, he became inspired to study law.

He enjoyed finding solutions to her legal queries and that attracted him to the course.

He said: “It is often hard to explain to people the demands of the accelerated course, as you are effectively fitting a three year degree into two years.

“It was really great that my mum had just graduated and could support me through it.”

Scott’s mum is now a trainee solicitor and she often advised him on his coursework as well as passing on her books, free of charge of course.

An accelerated law degree is a programme which allows a student to study law after gaining an undergraduate degree in a different subject.

Scott’s parents, David and Mary, were there to watch as he graduated at Elphinstone Hall.