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Future Lawyers

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Course introduction

Margaret Gaffney
Future lawyers
The elective provides students with the opportunity to participate in a national mock trial competition, taking on roles such as barrister or a witness. Students will participate in a mooting competition organised by local universities, which will allow students to practise the key ability of legal argument. Visits to universities and visiting speakers (including barristers, solicitors, lecturers) will occur throughout the year. Support will be provided in preparing for LNAT examinations and for submitting UCAS applications to prestigious universities.

Who should follow the programme?

To access this elective, you will need to be studying Law or Applied Law.

What activities can you expect to experience?

  • Bar National Mock Trial Competition: opportunity for 15 students to participate in mock trials and take on the key roles in court
  • LNAT preparation (Law National Aptitude Test) for universities that require LNAT (Oxford, Durham, Bristol etc.)
  • Cambridge Law Conference: founded 40 years ago to give sixth form students a real insight into the study of Law at Cambridge
  • Talk from a Cambridge Law student helping answer student questions and helping prepare applications
  • Mooting: opportunity to practice this key ability of legal argument which is a key skill for anyone hoping to become a barrister
  • Visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court
  • Visits to local universities to experience studying Law at degree level
  • Guest speakers including University Law lecturers and legal professionals such as solicitors and barristers
  • Guidance and support for students looking to progress to employment in a Law related career

What about trips and visits?

  • Visits to the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court
  • Mooting 
  • Bar National Mock Trial Competition
  • Cambridge Law Conference

You will develop the following employability skills:

  • Team work – negotiation and persuasion
  • Interpersonal skills including effective communication skills verbal and written
  • Commercial acumen
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment and dedication to a legal career • Independent working

What will this elective lead to after SJR?

All of the skills and knowledge gained from the programme will support students in their application to study Law at university. The Law department has an excellent record of student progression to higher education, including Russell Group universities and last year our students entered university to study courses such as: Law, Criminology & Sociology and Policing Law and Investigation.

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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