Access to Law Summer Scheme 2020
Congratulations to all our students from the first Legal Wales Access to Law Summer Scheme, run in partnership with London-based charity the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET)!
The Scheme ran from 27th-31st July 2020 and, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was fully on-line - another first. Twenty-four Year 12 pupils, from all over Wales, were selected to take part. The Scheme is designed to give young people from Wales, who have no connections to the law, an insight into legal careers, and the confidence to pursue such a career, following Lord Edmund Davies's injunction: "Anela'n Uchel - Aim High!".
In a demanding programme of four to six sessions a day, participants had the opportunity to hear from members of the judiciary, barristers, solicitors and chartered legal executives, based in Wales and in London, about their backgrounds, career choices and day-to-day working lives. The students undertook practical exercises designed to give a taste of some real legal work - making submissions to a judge about bail and about sentence, and learning the techniques of interpreting legislation. Sessions from the Universities of Cardiff, Swansea, and Oxford, University College London, the University of Law and Gray's Inn focused on matters of urgent interest to our 17-year-olds: university applications and choice of institution; studying law; converting to law after another degree; post-graduate qualifications and how to finance studies. Information was also provided on the CILEx route into law, as an alternative to university.
All students were provided with an individual mentor during the Scheme, and are encouraged to consider the Legal Wales and LEDLET representatives that they have met during the Week as additional mentors. In addition, applicants who could not be offered a place are provided with a mentoring opportunity, and a number have already taken up that benefit.
The senior judiciary gave tremendous support for the Scheme, with the Rt. Hon. Lord Lloyd-Jones, the Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Nicola Davies, the Hon. Mr Justice Lewis (as he then was) and the Hon. Mrs Justice Jefford all generously giving their time as speakers, as did HHJ Wendy Joseph and HHJ Milwyn Jarman QC. Support also came from across the political spectrum, with the Lord Chancellor, the Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland QC, and the Welsh Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams MS, both contributing to the programme.
The Legal Wales Foundation would like to express our profound gratitude to all those who have given their time to contribute to the Scheme this year, and their firms and Chambers. We would also like to thank all of you who offered your kind support, and hope to work with you on future access to law initiatives.
Access to Law Summer Scheme 2020 - Final dates – 27th July – 31st July
In light of the Education Minister's announcement about the reopening of schools in Wales, the Legal Wales-LEDLET Access to Law Summer Scheme will now run from Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July inclusive. The selected students have been informed.
Twenty-four Year 12 pupils, from all over Wales, have been selected for the Scheme, run in partnership with London-based charity the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET). The Scheme is designed to give young people from Wales, who have no connections to the law, an insight into legal careers - and the confidence to pursue such a career.
2020 sees the Summer Scheme go online for the first time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the aim remains the same: to give young people an insight into the reality of life as a barrister, solicitor or chartered legal executive in Wales or London, and to help them achieve that life through information, advice, encouragement and building skills such as debating.
Mentoring is offered to all those who applied for the Scheme and who could not be offered a place. This process is already taking place and we would welcome more requests.
The Summer Scheme and mentoring could not take place without the support of the legal sector in Wales: lawyers from both the private and public sectors – chartered legal executives, solicitors, barristers, academics and judges - have offered to speak, to mentor and to help in other ways, both with the original residential Scheme and with the new online concept. The Legal Wales Foundation would like to express our deep gratitude to our colleagues for this generous support, particularly against the background of coronovirus.
Thank you for helping us to support young people in Wales to follow Lord Edmund Davies's motto: Anela'n Uchel - Aim High!
Access to Law Summer Scheme 2020 - Update
Legal Wales is excited to announce that candidates have now been selected for its 2020 Summer Scheme, run in partnership with London-based charity the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET). The Scheme is designed to give a group of Year 12 pupils from Wales, who have no connections to the law, an insight into legal careers - and the confidence to pursue such a career.
Twenty-four17-year-olds from North, West and South Wales, and from rural and urban areas, will take part in a ground-breaking online programme of events over 5 days. Sessions will cover university applications, studying Law and professional qualifications; speakers will give a flavour of what it is like to work as a barrister, solicitor or legal executive in London or in Wales; while other sessions will focus on relevant skills, such as analysing a piece of legislation and debating. All the sessions will be interactive, and many will take place in smaller groups, to make it easier for all the students to participate fully.
In light of the Education Minister's announcement about the reopening of schools in Wales, Legal Wales and LEDLET Trustees are considering whether the current Scheme dates are still appropriate and will keep the selected students informed of any changes.
We hope that 2021 will see a return to residential Schemes in Wales and London - but the online experience may suggest additions and improvements that prove a positive legacy of the extraordinary circumstances of 2020.
Legal Wales and LEDLET offer mentoring to all those who applied for the Scheme and who could not be offered a place. This process has already started and we would welcome more requests for mentoring, to support as many young people in Wales as possible to follow Lord Edmund Davies's motto and Anelu'n Uchel - Aim High!
ACCESS TO LAW SUMMER SCHEME AND COVID-19 - UPDATE
Applications to our Summer Scheme 2020, run in conjunction with the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET) have now closed. There was a record number of applications and we were delighted to find that 42% of candidates expressed a preference for attending the Cardiff Scheme (with 44% specifying London and 14% not stating a preference). The process of selecting candidates for the Scheme is now ongoing and should be completed in early April.
In light of Government policy regarding COVID-19, LEDLET and Legal Wales have made the difficult decision not to hold the Scheme in person in either London or Cardiff this summer. Instead, we are striving to design a Scheme which can be delivered using technology. Our aim is to deliver key benefits of the Scheme in as safe and effective a way as possible. We appreciate this is an uncertain time for everyone, and we aim to keep applicants, parents, and all those who have offered help with the Scheme updated throughout this period. If you have any further questions, please get in touch via email with the Cardiff Scheme administrator:
Access to Law Summer Scheme - Cardiff 2020
Legal Wales has teamed up with London-based charity the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET) in an exciting initiative aimed at Year 12 pupils. Up to 10 pupils living in Wales (or with strong links to Wales) will be selected for a week's residential Summer Scheme in Cardiff, taking place from 13th-17th July 2020. 10 more places are available for an equivalent scheme in London.
The successful candidates will shadow solicitors, chartered legal executives and barristers; observe a court hearing and have the opportunity to talk to a judge; and attend talks and workshops on studying law, legal careers and legal skills.
The Scheme will be completely free of charge to the students - the cost of travel to and from the Scheme, and all expenses during the week, will be paid for by Legal Wales and LEDLET. Grants are also potentially available for additional costs such as suitable clothing, or costs of care for a relative who is normally cared for by a successful applicant.
The Scheme is aimed at giving an opportunity to Year 12 pupils who might not have such opportunities otherwise. So Legal Wales and LEDLET will look positively at applications from pupils receiving free school meals; who are from economically disadvantaged areas; who have a disability; who are "looked after" (in care); or who are carers for others. But anyone can apply if they:
live in Wales or have strong links with Wales
Applications close on 14th February, so hurry! Apply for both the Cardiff and London schemes here
Lord Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
2pm Friday 22nd November, TC013, Ty Crawshay, University of South Wales (Treforest Campus)
The last century has witnessed the growth of a substantive body of international law governing the relations between the world’s nation-states, but its increased use to protect the rights of individuals represents a potentially significant blurring of the boundary between national and international jurisdictions. What principles might guide the resolution of disputes in this increasingly complex field? To address these matters, we are delighted to welcome to the university one of the foremost experts in the UK on international public law. Lord Lloyd-Jones was educated at Pontypridd Boys’ Grammar School and Downing College, Cambridge. Called to the bar in 1975, he was later appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. Lord Lloyd-Jones has acted in numerous high profile proceedings, including the Pinochet extradition litigation and the ‘Bloody Sunday’ and Hutton inquiries. He was appointed as a Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 2017.
Legal Wales in conjunction with the Welsh Legal History Society
Requests the pleasure of your company for a Lecture and Reception to celebrate the inaugural sitting in Wales of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in the presence of the President, Deputy President and Justices of the Supreme Court.
For more details of the event click here.
Photographs of the lecture given by Dr Sara Elin Roberts - click here
Photographs of the event - click here
Combined Welsh Legal Professions Dinner
The Wales and Chester Circuit, Law Society Wales Office and CILEX have joined together to host a dinner to mark the inaugural sitting of the Supreme Court of Justice in Wales. This will be an opportunity for the legal professions, judges and legal academics based in Wales to come together to offer the Supreme Court Justices a ‘croeso cynnes’.
Click here for more details and order form
Legal Wales Conference 2019
University of South Wales Conference Centre
More details to follow
The 2018 Legal Wales Conference will be held at the Medrus Conference Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3BY on Friday 12 October.
To see the event programme click here.
To book, click here to go to eventbrite.
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Legal Treasures of Wales
To accompany the Conference an event has been organised on Thursday 11 October (6.15 for 6.45) in the National Library of Wales by the Welsh Legal History Society in conjunction with the Library – a Lecture with Supper (£15 a head) to celebrate “The Legal Treasures of Wales” including the Boston Manuscript of the Laws of Hywel Dda, purchased by the Library in 2012 and now re-bound and restored.
For more details of the event click here.
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Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People
Notice of Lecture (free of charge and open to the public)
Thursday 17th November 2016
Swansea University, Richard Price Lecture Theatre
Commencing at 6.30 pm
Speaker: Lord Kerr, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Will give a talk on:
“Protecting children, enforcing their rights”.
This lecture is free of charge and open to the public
Building Our Children’s Legal Centre
You are warmly invited to attend a free evening event.
Bangor Law School, kindly sponsored by Linenhall Chambers, is hosting the launch of the North Wales Children’s Legal Centre to begin the development of a knowledge-base for a children’s rights platform.
Building Our Children’s Legal Centre
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Bangor University, Main Arts Building, Lecture Room 3
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG, UK
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Children’s Legal Centre Launch with Speakers including
7:00 pm – Reception & Networking
8pm – Close
The event will draw upon research carried out by practitioners, legal scholars, law interns, and community volunteers. The focus is on legal issues currently affecting children and young people in Wales, along with best practice models and lessons learned from across the United Kingdom.
Limited seating is available – please email your attendance intentions by 30 September 2016 to:
Also, please include the following two items in your seating reservations:
(1) your name and position, (2) agency/work area
The Law Society Wales Office invites you to attend the Robin ap Cynan Memorial Lecture:
‘Wales Family Law – Time to create a separate jurisdiction?’
to be delivered by His Honour Judge Gareth Jones
We look forward to seeing you