17 members of the Lancaster University Law Society engaged a class of Law pupils from Central Lancaster High School in a brilliant pro bono project during Lent Term, culminating in a fantastic event at Lancaster Crown Court.
The student volunteers ran sessions both in school and on campus with the pupils, helping them better understand the British legal system, engage them in a mock case and trial and excite them about the prospects of studying Law at University.
I feel more employable now because I have used my organisational skills and my planning skills. Also, teaching a group was a new experience for me
The students staged a fake theft from the LUSU Shop, creating mock media releases around the event and devising a case for both the defence and the prosecutors with the pupils. The project then ended with a mock trial at the Lancaster Crown Court at Lancaster Castle, with full jury and judges present in full legal dress!
After the fantastic success of the project this year, it is hoped a similar activity will continue to run and engage more local high schools.