Pupils given insight into the legal profession

Wendy Anderson and Sarah Stuart of Ledingham Chalmers with two pupils from the Access to Law programme
Wendy Anderson and Sarah Stuart of Ledingham Chalmers with two pupils from the Access to Law programme
  • North-east pupils learn more about law and the legal profession
  • Part of ACCESS RGU which promotes greater uptake of higher education
  • Pupils given chance to use RGU’s mock courtroom

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.

We are particularly pleased to have been able to sponsor the additional travel costs of pupils attending the programme from Peterhead and Fraserburgh, ensuring young people from further afield could also take part.

Chairman of Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Jennifer Young

The Access to Law and Law and Management 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.

The programme 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: “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, is chairman of Ledingham Chalmers LLP and is on the board of governors at RGU, she said: “Our firm is committed to investing in and supporting the next generation of legal professionals.

“As part of the ACCESS RGU programme we are delighted to help RGU provide an introduction to the law and explain the myriad of careers open to law graduates.

“We are particularly pleased to have been able to sponsor the additional travel costs of pupils attending the programme from Peterhead and Fraserburgh, ensuring young people from further afield could also take part.

“We hope that in a few years’ time we will be welcoming some of these students through our doors as summer interns and trainee solicitors.”