Budding legal eagle spreads her wings, swapping Grantham for America

Mock trial participant Evie smith
Mock trial participant Evie smith
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A Grantham student has returned from a memorable trip to the United States, enthused about the possibility of becoming a top international lawyer.

Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School student Evie Smith, 17, was the only non-American taking part in a mock trial competition in Orange County.

She was involved in two days of intense competition in which she took on the roles of prosecutor, defence lawyer, defendant and prosecution witness.

Evie, who has competed in similar UK Bar Mock Trials in this country, stayed with a host family and in a hotel during the competition, and won plaudits from the judges for her speeches and control of the witness.

She was also complimented on her accent.

But although the competition was tough and required Evie to study the way in which American courts differ from our own, she still had time to relax.

Evie said this week: “I had a fantastic time, I had plenty of time to go to the beach, sightseeing and shopping. I made great friends and everyone there was lovely and welcoming.

“I hope to do law at university, and I am looking into degree courses that will leave me qualified to practise law in both England and New York.

“The judges were top attorneys, lawyers and coaches from across the United States.and said I did outstandingly well.

“One of them has invited me to New York in October as a volunteer in the American World championships, which I am now trying to sort out funding for.”