Year 13 student, Aaron holds an offer from Cambridge to study Law, he said of LawSoc:
‘It gave us practical experience of Law in society. We had a workshop run by the University of Law on the Oscar Pistorius case which helped me relate Law to real life situations.’
Specialist UCAS mentoring
Starting in the Spring term of Year 12, students are given specialist advice about different types of Law degree, how to choose the right University for a future career in law and the routes to qualification as a barrister or solicitor. Some leading universities also require students to sit an aptitude test for Law, called the LNAT. Students who need to sit the LNAT receive detailed information on the nature of the test and advice as to how best to prepare for it. Students can attempt sample questions from both the essay and verbal reasoning sections; these are marked and individual feedback given to the students.
Students are able to attend interactive legal workshops; for example, we offer a workshop on the Oscar Pistorius trial, which focuses on cross-examination skills and the treatment of evidence in a criminal trial. This is run by visiting specialists from the University of Law. In addition, through LawSoc , many of our students have taken up the opportunity to attend external workshops, as well as work experience placements and Summer Schools.
The LawSoc programme includes talks from visiting speakers, such as current law undergraduates, university law lecturers and solicitors from leading City Law firms. The latter give our students an insight into the daily work of a practising lawyer as well as excellent advice on how to secure relevant work experience.
Students have the opportunity to participate in mooting competitions through our links with an external organisation associated with the Supreme Court. Students are paired with trainee barristers who act as ‘Mooting Mentors’ and the final is held in the Supreme Court and judged by a Supreme Court Justice. This enables students to experience court advocacy, as well as developing their knowledge of the law.
Some universities require students to attend an admissions interview for Law. Students are given advice on how to prepare for this and offered mock interviews with a law specialist, including questions on legal issues and cases. Detailed feedback is provided.