Solicitors, barristers and Judges of the future got a taste of life in a court room at the launch of a new student Law Club at the University of Suffolk.
The new monthly club is for A Level students looking at law as a career path and University staff welcomed students from schools including Northgate High School, Copleston High School and Kesgrave High School.
The first session dealt with the law of theft with students being given a shoplifting case study and then taking on the roles of judges, jury members, usher, and defence and prosecution counsel.
The University’s mock courtroom – a realistic replica of a modern court room – was used for the scenario about a young mother who was accused of stealing a tablet from a computing shop.
After considering evidence from both the defence and the prosecution, the jury found her guilty of the crime.
Future topics in Law Club will include police powers, family law and human rights and students with students undertaking a range of activities and discussions.
Dr Stephen Colman, senior lecturer in law at the University of Suffolk said: “We are really excited to launch the Suffolk Law Club which is intended to give students an insight into studying law and demonstrate that it is a much more accessible and engaging subject than many people believe.”
Charlotte Imlach, Higher Education Champion at the University of Suffolk said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with and support the University’s Law Department in launching the Suffolk Law Club.
“We have welcomed A-Level students from across the region from as near as Ipswich to as far as Southend and Lowestoft.
“It is great to be able to offer this unique academic opportunity and witness from the first session, the students truly engaging and being motivated towards pursuing a career in Law.”
University of Suffolk Press Office