As part of National Careers Week 2015, students in Newcastle upon Tyne got an authentic taste of a range of careers in law this week. A group of Sixth Form politics students at Dame Allan’s Schools took part in a mock trial at Northumbria University.
They were given a talk by Kevin Kerrigan, Dean of the Business and Law School, who discussed the wide range of careers on offer to those with a law degree: “There are a number of different careers in law and we are always pleased to be able to offer our facilities to inspire young people. What you should take away from this experience is not only that the law is interesting and challenging, but that it is also about helping people.”
The students were able to make use of the real life courtroom at the university, which has been used as the set for a host of TV programmes after it was removed from Bedlington Magistrates Court.
The workshop involved students acting out the trial of an ABH assault case by taking on a number of roles including lawyers, clerk, police officers, jury and witnesses. The pupils were also joined by renowned law professional Tony Storey who led proceedings, acting as the judge.
The aim of the workshop was to introduce pupils to different careers in law in an interesting and engaging way.
Millie Scott, a Year 12 student, took on the role of clerk: “Acting out the trial was a lot of fun and really helped me to understand who has what role in law. I am interested in pursuing a career in law and the trial gave me a taste of what it would be like.”
The workshop was part of a packed careers week at the schools, including business and finance lectures, workshops on the world of work and a ‘Focus on Engineering’ day at engineering firm Sevcon. This will build on the recent donation by the Reece Foundation.
Principal at Dame Allan’s Schools, Dr Hind said: “Our pupils had a brilliant time at the mock trial. We know how important it is for them to be supported in their career choices alongside their academic studies and this was a very beneficial exercise in an authentic setting. We would like to thank Northumbria University again for their hospitality.”