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The College of Law annual Sixth Form Conference attracted a record number of participants from schools and colleges in the region and elicited a very positive response from the sixth form students and the teachers who took part in the event.
This year there was in excess of 170 students and teachers in attendance from schools in Swansea, Amman Valley, Neath Port Talbot, Llandeilo, Llanelli and Gorseinon. The Conference was run on two consecutive days, the 7th and 8th April, in order to accommodate student numbers.
The objective of the Conference is to give students the opportunity to experience a little of what it would be like to study law at university, to provide information about employability matters and to answer any questions they may have about studying law or pursuing a career in the legal profession. To this end, the Conference is organised around a series of seminars facilitated by academics within the College of Law. Seminar topics this year included the right to privacy, sport and the law, children’s rights, contract law, international law, medical law, legal practice, criminal evidence and anti-terrorism law, with each student participating in four seminars during the course of the day.
In addition to the seminars, there was a series of talks by external speakers as well as by Street law, a pro bono activity run by College of Law students. This year, the external speakers were Mr. Gerwyn Samuel, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, London, and Mr. Alun Price, solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London, who spoke about employability issues as well as their own experiences in pursuing a career in the legal profession. As members of the Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET), they also informed the students about the legal internship opportunities offered to students in Welsh schools and colleges by the Trust. The sixth form students had the opportunity to talk to the external speakers, academics and existing law students during lunch provided by the College of Law.
Mr. Gerwyn Samuel, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, London
Dr Helen Quane, who convenes the Sixth Form Conferences, commented that ‘the College of Law is very pleased to offer sixth form students in the region an opportunity to participate in lively seminar discussions about legal issues and to gain some insight into what studying law at university can entail. It is also a useful opportunity to provide sixth form students with information about employability matters as well as challenging certain stereotypes which may inhibit some students from studying law and pursuing a career in the legal profession. We are delighted by the record number of students participating in the conference this year, by their enthusiastic participation in the seminar discussions and by their very positive response to the event.’
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- Helen Sumner