The competition immerses students in all aspects of a criminal trial, beginning with analysis of witness statements to create a logical argument. They then present in front of real judges in real courtrooms as they battle against teams from hundreds of other schools to win their case. The range of roles students undertake includes barristers, witnesses, court clerk, artist and reporter.
Plymouth High School for Girls have a great record of success in this competition, winning the national trophy several times and regularly reaching the national final.
Students in the final have the accolade of presenting in Britain’s top courts, such as the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice. They have impressed top judges and received compliments from the likes of Sir Brian Leveson and the Honourable LadyRae. Many students have enjoyed the experience so much that they have decided on a career in law, with our school’s barrister mentor providing guidance. Some have even been offered work experience and mini pupillages as a result of their dedication and outstanding performances.
We meet on a Thursday Lunchtimes in Room 21 and at least once per week after school and do auditions for roles in September if there is lots of interest. The only costs involved for students are the travel and accommodation for residential competition days but if you feel this may be a barrier then speak to Ms Findlay.
The sixth form of Plymouth High School for Girls have additional law-related
opportunities, including tours of the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court.
The Legal Apprentice Competition gives year 12 students excellent experience of the work of a solicitor as they work as a team to complete a series of tasks, providing legal advice for virtual clients. We are very proud of the students we have currently advancing into the final stages of this competition.