Pembrokeshire College A-Level Law students were recently put to the test in the Young Citizens Smartlaw Mock Trials which took place in Cardiff.
The Mock Trial Competitions provide a unique opportunity to introduce students to the criminal justice system through an immersive, active learning experience.
The competition allowed the students to be taken out of the classroom and placed in courtrooms, where they played the key roles involved in a criminal trial: from clerks and legal advocates to ushers and jurors, enabling learners to obtain a better understanding of the judiciary system. Using specially adapted cases – based on real trials – the A-level law students competed against teams from other colleges.
The day consisted of all students taking part in 3 timed rounds which provided realistic scenarios. The type of cases conducted were criminal, involving grievous bodily harm and money laundering.
Joy Sandifer A-level Lecturer explained how proud she was of the students who took part: “Our students did really well, getting to the last stage of the competition. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience what it is really like to prepare and take part in a criminal trial with a real judge. Caroline and I were really proud of our students’ performance.”
Students who participated in the event described a sense of ‘hard-hitting realism’ when being placed in a real courtroom and a sense of full achievement.