Law Taster Day

Students enjoy a taster day in Law

Students in Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form from Westholme and three other local secondary schools enjoyed a Law Taster Day which was held at Senior School in conjunction with the Law faculty at Lancaster University.

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Dr Siobhan Weare and her team began the day with an interesting taster lecture on Criminal Law. Students gained a real insight into the world of being a Law Student and welcomed the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

After a quick break, Session 2 was soon underway. This was delivered by current parent and Director of Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Jonathon Backhouse. We were delighted that Jonathon brought one of his employees (and Old Westholmian, Charlotte Jackson) to assist him during this session where students debated a recent, high profile case and tried to determine if the suspect was guilty or innocent. Once again, students asked thought provoking questions and our guest speakers complimented them on their maturity throughout the session.

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After a delicious lunch, students were then given the opportunity to browse the stalls in the Common Room where many exhibitors from local law firms were situated for the lunchtime Careers Fair. We were pleased to welcome representatives from AMT Lawyers, Keogh’s, Napthens, Forbes, Blakewater (including Old Westholmian, Henna Khan), Backhouse Jones, UCLan and Brabners who spoke to the students about their areas of speciality. This gave all students the opportunity to speak to experts in their field and proved to be a worthwhile experience.

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The afternoon session was once again conducted by the team from Lancaster and consisted of Moot (mock trials) preparations and presentations. Students were given various case studies to work on and presented their findings to Siobhan and her team. It is worth noting that this activity is usually undertaken by Law students in their first year at university and Siobhan was really impressed by the standard of presentations she watched.


The day ended with all students having enjoyed the event; it will certainly be something they will be able to include on their university applications. Siobhan explained attendance at today’s taster day will set them aside from other students when applying for those important university courses in Law.


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We would like to thank the team from Lancaster, Jonathon and Charlotte from Backhouse Jones and all of the exhibitors who attended the lunchtime Careers Fair. Your support at this event has been greatly appreciated.


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