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Future trainee at top law firm asks public to fund his business skills course

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He’ll give a painting to whoever donates the most money

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A law graduate set to start a training contract at Shoosmiths is asking the general public to give him money so he can start a business skills course run by Stanford University in California.

Sope Isaac Kuyinu, 23, has set up a crowdfunding page with the aim of raising £6,500, so he can participate in the top university’s Ignite London programme — despite already receiving a partial scholarship. He will spend £5,700 of this money paying off the rest of his tuition for the three-month course, and the remaining £800 will go towards his “travel, food and other course related expenses”.

The enterprising University of Kent law graduate, who has been offered a training contract at national corporate firm Shoosmiths in 2018, has agreed to give a painting to the individual who donates the most money to his campaign.

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For every person giving more than £395, University of Law LPC graduate Kuyinu has also pledged to “create a personalised Samsung theme” for them, so they can advertise their business.

Though he’s managed to raise more than £2,000 so far, Legal Cheek wonders whether Kuyinu’s public appeal might raise a few eyebrows. People may question whether it’s appropriate for a business owner and future trainee — set to rake in £49,000 over the course of his training and then £38,000 a year post-qualification — to ask people for money.

To this, Nigerian-born Kuyinu told us:

Yes I do think it’s appropriate. I would pay for the course if I could personally afford it, but unfortunately I cannot as it stands. I’ve just completed the LPC after self-funding it. I started my business this past January while on the LPC. Although it’s doing well, it generates not near enough income to cover the course fees.

He added:

I started the GoFundMe page to first and foremost appeal to family and friends who know me and believe in my potential. If the campaign gains wider support from communities then that would be great. But I don’t think it’s a stretch to ask people close to me or others who believe in my potential to support me.

Kuyinu, whose entrepreneurial spirit should serve him in good stead, has until the 12 August to pay off the remainder of his tuition. If you want to donate to his page, you can do so here.

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41 Comments

Anonymous

Shoosmiths = top law firm?

Oh dear.

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Anonymous

Katie King is just doing this to piss us off now. Everything and every one is a “top” something.

Shoosmiths are a big factory farm. Top? Don’t make me laugh!

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Anonymous

It’s better then most !

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Associate

Looks like Shoosmith’s HR paid a visit.

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Anonymous

Take out a loan and pay it back.
People think they are entitled to everything for free these days.

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Anonymous

I thought the idea of kickstarters was to avoid debt?

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Anonymous

So is winning the lottery – it definitely doesn’t mean you should rely on either to fund your professional education.

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Anonymous

There is no such thing as society

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Anonymous

I almost tried this route but its harder than just going to a bank and asking for a loan. The fund me page is alot easier and something that is now widely acceptable.

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Anonymous

This article seems like a shameful attack on someone working hard to get by. This commentator wonders what legal cheek is hoping to achieve by articles like this?

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Bob the Researcher

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

I thought Shoosmiths funded LPC/GDL

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Dr Bantz

Shoosmiths a top firm eh? Alrighty then…

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Anonymous

That painting is actually pretty good. I wouldn’t necessarily want it hanging on my wall, but the guy is obviously talented artist.

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Anonymous

Is it really appropriate to describe £38,000 a year post-qualification as “raking it in”?

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Jones Day NQ

Nah bruh, it’s the trainees who make £49k in TWO years that are the real movers and shakers.

#minimumwagelyfe

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arby

Jones Day….seriously??
Isn’t that the crap shack on tudor st hiding behind the mighty Freshfields?

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Jones Day NQ

Which shop do you work bruv? Irwin Mitchell?

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Prince Bongo Uhombo of Benin

The ongoing business of funding law school fees in England is miasma of deprecated apotheosis of haemorrhaging plutocracy cascade, oozing into a malodorous excrense of mobocracy , with all termagent osdifying prodirities of kakocracy in a paraphlegic krinkum krankum

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Anonymous

There are no reasons to use long words when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.

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Anonymous

Top bantz lad, 9/11.

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Anonymous

You what?

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Prince Pongo Pigmeus of Buganda

Silence you malodorous, illiterate, primordial paleolitic ooze!

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Anonymous

This is not quite as bad as that woman who wanted everyone else to pay for her BPTC, but why don’t people go and get a loan if they want to do pointless top-up quaifications? If he can for out £12k for the LPC, he can fork out for this.

A suggestion to encourage donors, in my opinion, would be to offer a stake in his business, Dragon’s den style. At least then the people who are foolish enough to fund this useless course may have a chance of getting their investment back.

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Anonymous

What kind of business struggles to make £6,500? I would suggest that his business clearly isn’t as doing as well as he would us believe.

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Anonymous

You’re doing too much here! All the extraness for nothing really!
He has simply asked for donations, do if you want, exit if you don’t

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Anonymous

I’m out.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Do you come here often?

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Jones Day NQ

Fuuuark lads, drop your pens and dimebags, stop snorting that fine Bolivian powder and let’s all jump ship to Shoosmiths – their NQs are making it rain with £38k a year!

Holy fuck, that’s like literally less than half what we make, imagine the amount of dosh we’ll save on taxes!

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PuffCheek

Uh, Katie, you do realise that £49k over two years is the equivalent of less than a year’s worth of Trainee salary at SullCrom right?

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Anonymous

Funny how my comment criticising Legal Cheek and Katie got deleted within minutes…Either way everything you guys vomit onto a page is still full of arrogance and pompous! Do better!

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lol

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lol

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SC 2PQE

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Prince Bongo Uhombo of Benin

May we have the honour of falling upon the mercy of Erulu King Katie, if it please her majesty’s to denou Legal Cheek’s comments policy for if we may pusillanimously aver wherewithal micro medio or macro telescopographal examinifications we are all doomed to the fire of Shango if we cannot discover the sacred comments policy

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You're ghastly

Why are you so desperate to mess with careers for a couple of clicks?

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Anonymous

Everyone youtube ‘Jason Genova’ now.

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Anonymous

Seriously, you can get cancer in this comment section.

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Anonymous

I don’t think there’s a more obnoxious comment board in cyberspace than right here on LegalCheek.

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