"The end goal was always to be a lawyer."
Originally from Ghana, Kwame Taylor moved to the UK as a child, growing up in Waltham Forest, east London.
He graduated from Essex in 2019, with an LLB Law with Philosophy.
How has COVID-19 been for you?
"Lockdown was difficult, but necessary.
"I live with my parents. My mother works for the NHS. There was a period when she was showing symptoms, so it was difficult to focus on anything and also difficult to isolate, because we live in quite a small flat.
"It’s all good now, though.
"I’ve tried to make the most of the time. I’ve noticed a lot of companies have been staging Zoom webinars, so I’ve been learning lots of new things. Not just law: I’ve tried to develop other interests.
"I’m trying to be a bit more active too. I’ve finally got round to fixing my bike, so I try to cycle an hour a day."
How do you remember your time at Essex?
“Essex was definitely a place where I felt I could build a relationship with the academics. My lecturers were always approachable and I’m still in touch with some of them.
“Law and philosophy was a great combination - the two subjects balanced each other well. Taking philosophy gave me room to explore ideas, away from the rigidity of law.
“I felt I got the best of both worlds.”
What’s next for you?
“I’ve just won a scholarship, to start training as a barrister.”
Kwame admits to being “quite surprised” at being awarded the prestigious H.R. Light Scholarship by Middle Temple
, one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns are professional associations - all barristers in England and Wales must belong to one of them.
“I knew I wanted to join Middle Temple. They interview every applicant which to me was a sign that they were more progressive. That motivated me - I knew I could make an impression.
“I was interviewed by three QCs, which was very intimidating, but they were very friendly.”
“The end goal was always to be a lawyer,” Kwame says. His achievement, winning a prestigious scholarship in testing times, is a great next step in his journey.