A young Corrs Chambers Westgarth graduate has been recognised as top of the class in Queensland for her outstanding achievements.

Just a few months into her legal career, Kara Firth is off to a flying start as the recipient of both the coveted Una Prentice Award and the Steven Johnson Memorial Medal.

Kara has been named one of Queensland’s top ranking female law students for 2012 after graduating first on the ladder at Bond University on the Gold Coast. She has taken out the WLAQ Una Prentice Award which recognises the highest achieving female law student from each of the six Queensland law schools. The award is in honour of Una Prentice, the first woman graduate from the Faculty of Law at the University of Queensland.

In addition the inspiring twenty-two year old was awarded Bond University’s Steven Johnson Memorial Medal for highest achievement in Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce.

Corrs’ Partner and Chair, Teresa Handicott, attended an awards function to celebrate the young graduate’s success, describing Kara’s achievements as “truly extraordinary”.

“Kara’s significant accomplishment at university shows extraordinary commitment. We are looking forward to working with her at Corrs as she further develops her career,” Ms Handicott said.

Kara, who juggled study with part-time work and tutoring, said the recognition was an unexpected honour.

“I’ve always wanted to pursue law, and did the double degree with business because I particularly liked the idea of corporate law. I always tried to do the best I could, and that has come back to benefit me in unexpected ways! It was a lot of time management and I guess just being prepared to put in the effort.”

After completing her degrees in 2012, Kara joined Corrs’ graduate program in Brisbane this year and is enjoying her first taste of the legal profession.

“I’m looking forward to trying all the different areas – but I’m in corporate law at the moment and am loving it,” Kara said.

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