Huddersfield New College’s Future Lawyers took part in the National Mock Trial Competition at Leeds Crown Court over the weekend. Students were given the opportunity to replicate trial scenarios, acting as prosecution and defence teams against teams from colleges and 6th Forms from across the region. The event took place just as the College received confirmation that two of its Future Lawyers have secured places on the prestigious Pathways to Law Scheme with the University of Leeds.

In round 1, the group defended the case of R v Marshall (concerning charges of theft and fraud), and although the judges found against the team, they stuck to the rules of the competition and performed to a high standard. In round 2, the team prosecuted R v Grey (on a charge of GBH) against the team and the jury returned the guilty verdict the team sought, which was secured again in the third round. 

Although the team did not reach the final, Matthew Harding, the team’s supporting Barrister from Park Square Chambers in Leeds said:  “I am so incredibly proud of all of them. It was obvious how much work went into today but, more importantly, how much they enjoyed it.  I had a great time and it was a pleasure to work with them all.”  

Law is just one of the Humanities subjects offered at Huddersfield New College – and is available alongside subjects such as History, Geography, Politics, and Religious Studies. 

The Humanities department, which leads on the Future Lawyers programme, has also revealed that two students, Chloe Gawtry and Molly Heptinstall, have successfully secured places on the prestigious Pathways to Law scheme with the University of Leeds.  The programme will support Chloe and Molly with their career paths through a range of opportunities including one week’s work experience placement at a leading law firm, a programme of after-school and weekend events and the chance to attend a residential conference. They will also experience a visit to the Inner Temple in London, the home of one of the professional associations of barristers.

Gabriel Mellor, Assistant Principal and Honours and Futures Programmes Lead comments: “Our Humanities department offers a wide range of courses all of which are highly valued by universities and employers for how they support students to develop skills such as the ability to articulate a concise written argument. Future Lawyers is just one example of how our Futures Programme enables our students to aspire for and achieve the very top career paths. We are thrilled that two of our Future Lawyers have secured this prestigious opportunity with the Pathways to Law Scheme and look forward to hearing more about their exciting experiences.”