Pathways to Law graduation ceremony for sixth-form stud...

Pathways to Law graduation ceremony for sixth-form students at Nottingham Trent University

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Local sixth-form students from schools across the East Midlands who have completed the first-ever ‘Pathways to Law’ programme to be run jointly by the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham, have attended a special graduation ceremony.

The majority of the 32 students who have completed the two-year programme along with their families received their certificates and special awards at the ceremony.

Pathways to Law aims to provide students with an insight into studying a law degree as well as equipping them with the essential skills required to be successful within the legal profession. The students benefit from a variety of activities including a work experience placement, a trip to the Inner Temple in London, advice and guidance sessions, taster lectures, e-mentoring and a national residential conference.

Guest speakers at the event included Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University and Amerdeep Somal, Solicitor and ‘leading force for social justice’, who is also Nottingham Trent University Alumna of the Year.

David Woolley, Nottingham Trent University’s Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach, said: “The Pathways to Law programme encourages and supports social mobility within the legal profession and improves the opportunities for young people locally who are interested in a career in law. It is especially rewarding that all of the students who attended the graduation ceremony are currently holding offers from universities to embark upon undergraduate degree courses, many of which are in law.”

Also attending the graduation ceremony were Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of Nottingham Law School; Dr Penelope Griffin, Head of Widening Participation, University of Nottingham; His Honour John Burgess QC; His Honour Michael Stokes QC and representatives from local law firms who have supported the programme over the past two years.

One of the students who has graduated from the programme is Jasmin Sahota from the Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester. She said: “I have gained invaluable skills, knowledge and support from participating in the programme. From the forensic science day to the visit to the Inner Temple in London, I have had the opportunity to take part in events and activities that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to experience. The commercial law day gave us an insightful, interactive introduction to the work undertaken in a commercial law firm and inspired me to apply for and secure work experiences with commercial law firms.”

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