Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Aberdeen University Graduations: Legal eagle Justin follows in footsteps of Aberdeen law hero

Justin Reid celebrating his graduation at P&J Live. Pic: Chris Sumner/DC Thomson.
Justin Reid celebrating his graduation at P&J Live. Pic: Chris Sumner/DC Thomson.

An aspiring Aberdeen lawyer received not just his degree today, but also a medal named after an admired Aberdeen jurist.

Justin Reid first started considering a career in law when he was 15.

He walked down to Aberdeen Sheriff Court one day, saw the solicitors at work and was hooked.

Describing his choice to study the course at Aberdeen University as a “no brainer”, the 21-year-old said: “I chose Aberdeen University first of all because I’m from here.

“It’s a world-class university and it was on my doorstep so for me I could get the best of both worlds. I could see my friends and family and also get a first rate education.

“I’m keen to help people so I thought that was the best way for someone of my skill set to help someone because I really enjoy advocacy and working with and helping people.”

Following in the footsteps of Aberdeen role model

Always keen to develop his skills, the former Aberdeen Grammar Pupil was president of the mooting society at university.

Due to this he was awarded the Hunter Medal in Roman Law in recognition with his work in a very complicated area of Scots Law.

Named after jurist William Hunter who attended Aberdeen Grammar School in the 1850s before studying law at Aberdeen University, Mr Reid felt a certain kinship.

He said: “I found it particularly moving that he went to the same school as me and the same university so to some extent it was following in his footsteps even though it was in the 1850s.”

Heart in protecting the older generation

All of this ensured his graduation was a memorable occasion. He said: “It’s been quite a special day and it’s great to see your friends and have your family supporting you and the academics as well.”

Both his grandparents, who he is very close to, attended even though his grandmother had to walk around on crutches after breaking her ankle.

Due to his close relationship with them and his great-grandmother, Mr Reid said his heart was in protecting the older generation through private client work.

He is going on to complete a diploma in professional legal practice before carrying out a traineeship with Stronachs in Aberdeen. 

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

Conversation

[[title_reg]]

Please enter the name you would like to appear on your comments. (It doesn’t have to be your real name - but nothing rude please, we are a polite bunch!) Use a combination of eight or more characters that includes an upper and lower case character, and a number.

By registering with [[site_name]] you agree to our Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy

Or sign up with

Facebook Google

[[content_reg_complete]]

[[title_login]]

Or login with

Forgotten your password? Reset it

[[title]]