Top legal experts to inspire young students at an innovative law programme

More than 60 Year 12 school students will be taking part in an innovative law programme with top legal experts from across Bradford and West Yorkshire.

The Student Pre-University Court Exposure (SPRUCE) programme has been put together and will be led by His Honour, Judge Jonathan Rose, from Bradford Combined Court Centre.

The three day programme, which this year is hosted by Bradford Council, will be take place on 26, 27 and 28 June 2018. It will offer students the chance to hear from practicing professionals on the varied career pathways that are open to them if they study law.

Of the 62 students taking part, 54 come from Bradford schools, including: Immanuel College, Dixons McMillan Academy, Beckfoot Oakbank Academy, Beckfoot School, Parkside School, Bingley Grammar School, Bradford Grammar School, Laisterdyke Leadership Academy, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Southfield Grange Trust, Tong Leadership Academy, and St Benedict’s Sixth Form.

The programme takes place in City Hall, Bradford, where students will have the chance to speak to judges, barristers and solicitors.

The programme covers the many aspects of legal career options such as criminal law, business law, family law, civil law, and citizens’ advice and the law.

Students will also be given background information on how the law works in England and Wales and what is involved when a student studies law.

The programme will also make use of the old court room in City Hall to help re-enact proceedings so that students can see what happens in a court setting.

His Honour, Judge Jonathan Rose, said: “The SPRUCE (Student Pre-University Court Exposure) Course is now in its fourth year and it provides an important introduction to the study and practice of Law for Year 12 students making decisions about their future career paths. The course has the support and approval of the Lord Chief Justice and senior Judiciary, as well as the Bar Council and Law Society.

“We are most grateful to Bradford Council for enabling us to use City Hall and the Old Courtroom, which enables us to have a greater number of students attending SPRUCE and for those students to take part in Courtroom exercises in a place which is part of Bradford’s legal history. The excellent relationship between the Council and SPRUCE demonstrates the commitment of the Council to local students and enhances the connection between young people and this City.”

Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “This inspirational three day programme is a great opportunity for Bradford pupils to find out more about the law and which areas they may want to study when they go to university.

“We’re immensely grateful to Judge Rose and all the other experts who have given up their time to offer young people this detailed insight in to the many different options that studying law offers them. It’s a fantastic example of how organisations and businesses can take an active and positive role in supporting young people in our district.”

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