Kristin Burgess *Photo supplied
Kristin Burgess *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, MAY 18: A talented student has become one of the first Bermudian women to graduate from Yale Law School.

Kristin Burgess will attend her official graduation ceremony on Monday to receive the Juris Doctor degree.

The 26-year-old was born in Bermuda and attended Somerset Primary School and Sandys Secondary School.

She went on to study at Lehman College in New York where she double majored in Political Science and Economics.

Ms Burgess also interned in Washington DC on Capitol Hill for Congressman Eliot Engel of New York.

She enrolled in Yale Law School in 2008. Ms Burgess said: “Ever since I was very young I had this sense that I wanted to do something with my life.

“I had this vague notion that I wanted to grow up to be “successful” but I had no idea what that really meant or how that would translate into a career for me.

“However, it was under the mentorship of a Lehman College professor that I really found a professional calling in the law.“

She added: “Law school was unquestionably the hardest academic challenge I have faced to date but Yale Law School is an exceptional place.

“There is a reason it is always ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report’s Law School Rankings.” Ms Burgess will take her Connecticut bar exam this July and then she will move to Hartford, Connecticut to work as a junior associate at a law firm doing transactional work.