A Level and Applied Law students recently took part in a degree level workshop, where the group explored their options post-HNC and took part in a court style debate looking at the legal and moral implications of a challenging criminal case.

During National Careers Week (4-8 March), HNC’s Year 12 Law students visited Leeds Trinity University, where the group worked on example legal scenarios, building on the skills developed at Level 3 and challenging their knowledge of the UK’s legal system. On the day the group were able to tour the University’s facilities and student accommodation, and took part in a Q&A with admissions tutors to gain a valuable insight into the university application process ahead of starting their own UCAS applications later this year.

During a hands-on workshop, the students were split into two groups to work on a criminal ‘case’ involving a disqualified and uninsured driver who had hit two pedestrians. With one group working as the prosecution and the other working as defence, they went head-to-head to argue the defendant’s liability. During the session, the group had to consider the legal, civil and moral elements of the case, which ranged from the reasons why the defendant was driving and whether there were any mitigating circumstances, to deciding the remedies (compensation) the two pedestrians were entitled to.

Zoe Brook, Teacher of Law, comments “What a brilliant day! This was a challenging session that saw the group working on a complex legal scenario – a great example of the kind of case a student could expect to deal with as a legal professional. The depth of knowledge developed from this session will inspire our students in the classroom and beyond – supporting them to work towards becoming their best selves. Many of our Law students have been taking part in our ‘HNC Lawyers’ enrichment programme, and I enjoyed watching them put the skills learnt in enrichment to the test in a mock case in full Barrister robes and wigs!”

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