Six law students spent six weeks in LA this Summer

Swansea law students have been seeing LA law for themselves in California this summer.

The six law students, who were tested and interviewed to win their work placements, received scholarships from the College of Law and the University’s International Development Office to help with travel and accommodation costs. They spent six weeks just outside Los Angeles shadowing federal public defenders and staff in the offices of district judges.

Head of the College of Law, Professor John Linarelli, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students. It represents the sort of active and engaged learning we are developing as the hallmark of Swansea Law. One of the best ways to learn the law is to experience it in action. Add to this the comparative element which Swansea law students are getting in this California experience and the results will be transformative for our students.”

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Picture: Swansea law students enjoy California. From left: Liam Bestwick, Charlotte Murray, Jood Alharthi, William Davies Elinor Shanahan and James Denton.








Will Davies, a second year Law with Business student from Bedfordshire, said: “My time in California is something I certainly won't forget. It taught me a lot about life as a Federal Defender in the United States and I really enjoyed learning about an entirely different legal system, forming a comparison with our own. It was also fantastic to be thrown right into the thick of the US life, experiencing July 4th celebrations as well as being able to enjoy some of California's more famous tourist hot spots. I am very grateful to all in the US for being so welcoming and hospitable to us all, and to everyone at Swansea University, for helping put together an amazing opportunity."

Fellow student James Denton said: “The time I have spent in California has been completely different to anything I have done before. Being able to spend time in the chambers of Federal Judges has been invaluable and observing a wide range of cases in their entirety in a court room outside the UK has been enthralling, especially due to LA's famed crime and justice system. As a group we were welcomed with open arms by everyone we encountered and were made to feel very welcome. We also had the chance to visit the penitentiary unit of a prison, a Metropolitan Detention Centre and the Drug Enforcement Administration's headquarters. Of course, we also ventured to some more traditional American events, such as an LA Angels’ baseball match, a county fair and a tour of Hollywood.”

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