The School of Law recently hosted a 6th Form Conference

On April 1st 2011 the School of Law hosted a 6th Form Conference which was attended by over 50 pupils from Schools/Colleges in Swansea and Gorseinon. The Conference has become an annual event (since 2009) and has proved popular with students and teachers alike. Once again, this year’s Conference was a success, with students and teachers commenting to organisers on how much they enjoyed the event. The Conference gives pupils the opportunity to visit the School of Law and experience teaching within a University setting.  Students are able to participate in seminars which are organised by lecturers from the School of Law on various topics. This year these included: a seminar held by Dr Patrick Bishop (LLB Admissions Tutor) on the extent to which the law is able to protect against the invasion of privacy. The session focussed on a number of high profile cases involving celebrities and the developing law and the balance struck between the right to private life (under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) and freedom of expression (Article 10).  Another seminar, led by Richard Caddell, dealt with the topic of human trafficking and the key legal provisions under international and European law to deal with these crimes. The seminar also examined some of the problems that the UK government and law enforcement agencies have faced in fighting trafficking and implementing these international commitments. The students were also able to participate in a seminar on Young People's Autonomy Rights in the Context of Medical Treatment which was led by Alison Perry.

School of Law 6th Form Conference

Students attending the 6th form conference

Adopting a different approach to the seminars, and moving away from academic law to law in practice, members of the Legal Practice Team at the School of Law provided a session during which students enacted an Employment Tribunal in which they had to consider a scenario involving age discrimination. This session was given by Richard Davies and Laura Howden-Evans. This session was given a degree of realism as Laura Howden-Evans is a judge of the Employment Tribunal. Other members of the LPC team, Michael Draper and Amanda Rees conducted a session in which students worked in small groups to identify a law that they would like to see introduced and to present the arguments in favour. This produced several interesting proposals.

Dr Simon Hoffman, who was one of the organisers of the Conference commented that: ‘the conference was a great success with strong representation from students studying law at local schools and colleges. The School of Law is very pleased to arrange this type of Conference as it gives 6th form students the opportunity to enjoy seminars on topics which they might not otherwise come across, but also to offer them a taster of the university teaching environment. We are very pleased with the way the Conference went, students were very enthusiastic and feedback on the day was that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience’.

Career Fair 2011: The School of Law recently hosted its Annual Career Fair

On 30th March 2011, the School of Law hosted its annual Career Fair which was attended by a wide spectrum of organisations.  Over 100 LLB students attended which again proved to be a very successful event.  The Career Fair enabled students to meet and talk face to face with representatives from local and international firms who specialise in different areas of law including: P & I Clubs, international trade and shipping, commercial, property, employment, competition, Intellectual Property, finance and insurance.  The representatives from the firms gave valuable advice to our students on the recruitment process.   

One of our level 2 LLB students who attended the Career Fair Ornela Ngandu found the day very insightful, the law school put together a great range of law firms from all around the country. Prior to attending, I was unaware of the vast legal opportunities in Wales; particularly in Maritime law. I left the event with a renewed passion for law, and with clear instructions on ‘how to become a solicitor’.  One representative from John Collins & Partners LLP, Jon Budge described the event as  ‘a well organised event that allowed us to speak  many ambitious students  in a  relaxed  environment ,  generating plenty of interest about  our  firm and  our  graduate opportunities’.

Career Fair 2011

Law students at the Career Fair

Jane Williams, (Careers and Employability liaison officer) said ‘our approach has been to build on specialist links of particular interest to LLM students and also links with local firms which will be of particular interest to LLB, GDL and LPC students.  From that we have created a wider opportunity for all students across all programmes to discuss their plans and prospects and learn more about how employers view recruitment and business development in the immediate and longer term. Crucially students can learn about what employers are looking for in law graduates. Feedback from the law firms on their impressions of our students was very positive and this event will prepare our students for the job market’.   

Dr Helen Quane, (Director of Undergraduate Studies) commented that ‘Swansea Law School intends to develop and expand our successful annual Law Careers Fair in the coming years as part of a comprehensive strategy on careers and employability, and taking full advantage of the excellent relations the School enjoys with local, national and international firms’.