T Nottage IMG_20150729_154750 (2)EDLS graduand Theominique Nottage attributes her success to embracing the opportunities offered at the Law School.

Theominique believes in life-long learning and encourages others to never give up on their dreams. Having learned of the Chevening Scholarship in 2006 through a newspaper clipping provided by her aunt, Theominique set plans in place to go after the coveted award. The Chevening Scholarship is the United Kingdom’s government global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

Theominique applied for the highly competitive scholarship three times before she was successful. “Failure” she says, “is part of success. I think that the lessons of failure help prepare you for when success comes.”

At EDLS she honed her speaking skills by participating in international moot competitions, at which she excelled. She assisted with drafting legislation and other legal documents during an internship with the CARICOM Secretariat and for the school’s Environmental Law Clinic. This along with targeted work experience has helped her to reach a new high point in her academic career.

“Theo is a very strong and capable student,” said Tonya Bastian Galanis, Principal of EDLS. “She is self-motivated, and demands a lot from herself. I am pleased to have worked with her and wish her every success.”

Theominique will continue her studies at Queen Mary, University of London where she will pursue a Masters of Law in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution. “Lawyers are social engineers, I want to be the best at my profession. The framework has been set for The Bahamas to become a centre for international arbitration, through this avenue we would be able to quickly resolve disputes which will reduce the court backlog, and attract additional foreign investment. I want to play an integral role in this process. ”

Theominique has always wanted to be an attorney and looks forward to being called to The Bahamas Bar.