Aspiring solicitor overcomes disability to graduate with Law degree
A Bangor University law student graduated this week after three years of ‘hard graft’ and coping with an eye disability.
Christian Bolton-Edenborough, 22, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire graduated with an LLB Law degree and feels grateful for all the support he has had from his parents during a very difficult second year of his degree.
A former pupil at Chancellors Secondary School, Christian has had his heart set on the legal profession from his early teenage years due to the fact that both his parents had worked in branches of the law. His father was a retired Metropolitan Police Constable who then went on to work as an usher in the Crown Prosecution Service and his mother worked as a Magistrates Courts Committee Clerk. Once Christian started studying the LLB course, he knew he wanted to become a solicitor.
About his experience at Bangor, Christian said:
“The University was recommended to me by my cousin. On her advice I went to an open day and felt from discussions with Law School staff that Bangor was the right choice for me, in that it is a University where you are not just a face or a number, but your tutors know you by name and your personal circumstances and try to offer assistance.
“During my first year I created an outdoor football society for the students of the LLB Law course so that we could have a forum to play football at a casual level that facilitated a good opportunity to socialise and make and develop friendships.
“I was also a member of the Bangor Pool and Snooker Society, and one of the best moments was reaching the final of the Welsh Universities Pool Open in 2015, which was the first time this was achieved in Bangor University’s history. This then led to being selected for the Wales University Pool team which competed in the 2016 Universities Home International Championships.
“Two years ago, I was diagnosed with the genetic disability Bardet Biedl Syndrome, and have been fundraising for BBS UK through various sporting activities. Last summer I cycled across Holland in three days to raise money and awareness for the charity. This Autumn I will be running the 10 mile Great South Run to raise awareness and funds so as to support those who have the condition as it causes blindness, weight problems and also significant organ problems such as cystic kidneys. I hope to reach my target, and would be very grateful for anyone who would sponsor me!
“This disability made reading long articles and legal texts a challenge for when researching for essays or when revising for exams, along with reading instructions and questions in exams. The University has been very helpful in my final year once the condition was diagnosed; I was given extra time in exams, larger fonts for exams scripts and also extra library loans to give me more time to read the required reading on the course.
“I’m actually graduating a year later due to my last two exams being deferred and started the LLM Masters in Law of the Sea last September. When I complete the Masters, I am moving back to Hertfordshire, and will study the Legal Practice Course in London this September.”
Christian will be running the 10 mile Great South Run on October 23rd near Portsmouth. He will be running as a guide runner for a fellow Bardet Biedl sufferer. They are attempting to £2,000 for the charity, to sponsor Christian visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Christian-Bolton-Edenborough1
Publication date: 11 July 2016