Students from Career Ready centres across the North West attended taster days delivered by the University of Law across Manchester, Leeds and Chester last week.
The taster days, which looked at the real-life cases of the Oscar Pistorious and Amanda Knox trials, aimed to give students an insight into the realities of life as a lawyer and help the students develop vital research skills.
Students listened to real eyewitness accounts of the cases, practiced interviewing clients and developed techniques for cross examination.
Will Robinson, a student at Cheadle & Marple College, who attended the event, said:
“The taster day has changed my opinion of law and it given me a new perspective about the importance of keeping up with current affairs.
“I was interested in law before this event but now I have a much deeper understanding of the practice.”
The University of Law work with 90 of the top 100 law firms and in 2014 over 2,400 of their graduates secured training contracts. Their award winning legal careers and employability service is the largest in the UK, with over 30 experts providing one-to-one support to students. All tutors at the university are qualified lawyers.
The event emphasised the importance of teamwork and students also practised their presentation skills by presenting their ideas to the group.
Louise Logan, Career Ready Regional Manager for the North West, said: “The University of Law taster days are a great way for students to experience what life in the legal industry is really like and make connections with people who may be able to help them in their future career.
“We are grateful to the University of Law for providing this fantastic opportunity for Career Ready students.”