Pupils from Drapers' Academy in Years 7 to 10 who showcased their skills in the recent enterprise day teamed up with pupils from The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, to be given another opportunity to put these skills to the test. For the challenge pupils visited one of the top law firms in the world, DLA Piper, which has offices in over 30 countries.
For the first part of the day the pupils explored the world of law, and what it meant to work at a law firm. Firstly they heard from solicitors who were working with them throughout the day, and then they took a tour of their amazing offices and found out what other job roles are required within a successful law firm. The second part of the day saw the pupils taking on the roles of paralegals, then solicitors and finally barristers as they put together their case for either prosecution or defence of a given case.
It was impressive to see the creativity with which the pupils approached the tough problems given to them. They looked carefully at the law and gathered research to question the motives behind a charge of attempted murder and another one of inciting terrorism. The pupils were passionate about their arguments, defending or prosecuting the person charged with the crime, and using a host of persuasive techniques to influence the jury’s decision. While one was found guilty, and the other not guilty, it was clear from the feedback from DLA Piper’s barristers, that they had all done an impressive job of using the information given to argue their cases with conviction.