Law Taster Day With Local Solicitor

George Green Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) has been busy encouraging and inspiring local students to consider a career in law by providing a series of Law Taster Days at their Cradley Heath office. Sixth form students from local schools and colleges, considering reading law at university, were invited to apply for a place on the scheme and 12 successful students attended each session.

Students from Forge were successful in securing a place on the taster day, along with students from four other Sandwell schools.

Alex-Jayne Lowe, Partner, commented: “At George Green we believe it is important to engage with the local community and wanted to offer a thoughtful and targeted opportunity to local students so they would be better informed about the options available to them in the legal profession and have a deeper understanding of the skills needed to be a lawyer before applying to universities. We asked our current trainee solicitors what information and tasks they would have found most beneficial and tailored the sessions accordingly.

Greg Farley, a Trainee Solicitor, said: “We began by asking the students what they knew about the legal profession and discussed the range of services we offer to clients. The students were then asked to identify errors in a legal document and followed this with a comprehension exercise, in which they answered technical questions in relation to a more complex document. The students were then given an insight into the typical day of a trainee solicitor and took the opportunity to network with various solicitors, including partners and heads of department, during lunch. The students were also informed of routes into qualification and finished the day by preparing for and participating in a mock trial.

David Stevenson, Chief Executive at George Green commented: “A career in the law can offer so much in terms of challenge and opportunity. Law is not on the curriculum of many schools and we are keen to help students gain an early insight into the work of a lawyer and the inside of a law firm so they are better enabled to make informed decisions about their future direction. I met and spoke to a number of the students and was impressed with the level of interest and questions posed of us. Good luck now to all of those who choose to commence on the journey to qualify as a solicitor.

Darren Grimes, senior leader for key stage five at Ormiston Forge Academy, who coordinated the taster day, added: “Our students had a great day and it has helped them make informed choices about their future. We believe in ensuring our students have opportunities but we can’t do this alone; having partners who are willing to give up their time does make a difference. We are incredibly grateful to George Green and all of their staff.

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