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Access and Participation

Access and Participation

Studying a Law degree can be an option for everyone. Our aim is for students from all backgrounds to know Newcastle Law School is open to them, if they want to come here.

Our work with schools

We want to work with schools in the local area and beyond. We would like to give all students a real insight into what a law degree is like. We're keen they make informed decisions rather than look to stereotypes and misperceptions.

To do this, we would like to offer schools the chance to host ‘taster lectures’ on legal reasoning. An academic would come to your school and invite students to look at decisions that the courts have made.

They would ask them to decide whether they think the law is good or bad in each scenario. Students see how judges think and use their own critical analysis to come to an informed opinion on the law.

Tailored sessions

We are also happy to run tailored sessions according to the requirements of the school. In the past, these have themes to times of year – ‘Do Zombies have Rights’ at Halloween, for example.

We can also tailor sessions on how to write a personal statement if applying for law. Our preference would be to deliver sessions to Y10 and above. We are happy to discuss working with younger age groups if the school thinks it beneficial.

Our work with Excelsior Academy was recognised as the ‘Pro-bono/Community Initiative of the Year’ at the 2019 at the Northern Law Awards.

Award-winning

Our long-running relationship with Excelsior Academy won an award. It was named ‘Pro-bono/Community Initiative of the Year’ at the 2019 Northern Law Awards.

We feel winning this prestigious award speaks to the quality of the work we undertake. It speaks volumes about the hard work put in by our staff and students.

Dr Joshua Jowitt co-ordinated the award-winning scheme. He comes from a former mining community in South Yorkshire. He was the first in his family to do A-Levels and continue on to University. He knows the difficulties students can face moving out of their comfort zone.

For more information please contact Beverley Smithbeverley.smith@ncl.ac.uk

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