North-east pupils have been given a unique opportunity to attend Robert Gordon University (RGU) to learn more about law and gain a real insight to the diversity of the legal profession.
The Access to Law and Law and Management programme is part of RGU’s widening participation initiative, ACCESS RGU, which promotes the greater uptake of higher education among groups that are traditionally under-represented at university.
The programme will explore the question ‘What is Law?’ and each week will focus on a different aspect of the law from mooting, case study research, negotiating and mediating. The pupils will be given the chance to present a case in a courtroom environment using RGU’s mock courtroom.
It will be delivered in partnership with Ledingham Chalmers LLP, one of the largest full service law firms in the north and north east of Scotland.
As well as providing the pupils with invaluable career insights, Ledingham Chalmers LLP have also made a contribution towards the programme’s transport costs which has enabled Aberdeenshire pupils to participate.
Rhona McComiskie, Access To Project Co-ordinator at RGU, said: “The ACCESS RGU programme is designed to enable pupils who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education, whatever their circumstances.
“This year, the programme has been extended to a further 130 pupils across the region and it has now expanded to programmes running in health professions, forensic science, management, communication, art and architecture, media and law.
“We are extremely grateful that we can broaden participation of the Access to programmes beyond Aberdeen to Aberdeenshire pupils as it means more pupils are being given the chance to work with specialist staff to understand more about a course they are interested in, as well as develop key skills required to be successful at university.”
Jennifer Young, chairman of Ledingham Chalmers LLP is on the board of governors at RGU, she said: “Our firm is committed to investing in and supporting the next generation of legal professional.”