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News & Events Archive for 2006-2007

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    Pupils lay down the law with Welsh rugby star

    Twelve pupils from secondary schools in the Swansea and Cardiff areas have had a close encounter with the Law and one of Wales' sporting heroes, thanks to an innovative Summer School programme arranged by the Schools of Law at Swansea and Cardiff Universities


    Law Summer School 1

    The Valleys Law Initiative, part of Cardiff University's Step up to Law scheme, gives pupils interested in following a career in Law the opportunity to experience the profession first hand.

    This year, the Summer School was hosted by Swansea University's School of Law and the Reaching Wider Team at the University's Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) for the first time. The theme for this year's event was "law and sport", giving the pupils an interesting insight into some of the legal issues that impact on the sporting world.

    But it wasn't all classrooms and lectures: the pupils carried out role playing activities at Swansea's Ashleigh Road playing fields, enjoyed a tour of the Liberty Stadium, and spent time with Welsh international and Ospreys forward Alun-Wyn Jones (pictured above, with Summer School pupils), who is studying for a Law degree at Swansea University. A further four undergraduate Law students assisted with the programme, acting as mentors to the pupils.

    On the final day of the three-day programme, the pupils gave advocacy presentations in a mock courtroom environment in the Council Chamber at Swansea's Guildhall, with Professor Norman Doe of Cardiff University's School of Law acting as Judge for the event.

    Law Summer School 2

    The three-day event was drawn to a close with a special graduation ceremony held at Sketty Hall in Swansea, where the pupils (pictured above) were presented with certificates to mark their achievements.

    Dr Bebhinn Donnelly, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Swansea University co-organised the event. She said: "It was really interesting to watch the pupils putting into practice what they learnt over the three days. They made compelling arguments to the Judge, and I am sure that there are one or two budding lawyers in the group who we should be keeping an eye on!"

    A core aim of the initiative is to give pupils who may not have otherwise considered going to university an opportunity to experience life in a higher education setting, including living, studying and socialising together. A range of supervised activities ensured that the programme of events stuck the right balance between study and leisure time.

    "This sort of project can make a real difference in terms of opening peoples' eyes to what university life is all about," said Dr Donnelly. "The pupils all worked hard during the course of the programme and their schools have good reason to be proud of them. I have no doubt that they have benefited immensely from the initiative, and I hope that it has also encouraged them to give serious thought to following a career in Law."

    The Summer School is free of charge to pupils, the Valleys Law Initiative being part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.  This year, pupils from St Joseph's Catholic School, Port Talbot, Gorseinon College, Swansea, and Swansea College were joined by pupils from Afon Taf High School, Cyfarthfa High School, and Pen Y Dre Comprehensive in Merthyr Tydfil, Blaengwawr Comprehensive School, Aberdare, and St David's College, Cardiff.

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