Trips and Activities
Our programmes offer a wealth of opportunities for you to take part in as part of your course. These include trips abroad, the Annual Law Dinner, and the chance to shadow a local judge.
There are a number of trips taking place that you can get involved in. From visits to the combined courts in Canterbury to the Supreme Court of the UK, as guests of one of the Judges who will discuss the case with a group of students before and after the hearing. There is also an opportunity in the 3rd year to visit the European Parliament in Brussels, European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and both the International Criminal Court and World Court in the Hague, to see international trials taking place.
We regularly field teams to compete in regional and national competitions and have been very successful in Mediation, Negotiation and Mooting. Full training is given and as part of a team, it can be a great experience travelling to a different part of the country or to another University to compete with other students studying the same subjects. In one recent example, four of our Law students competed in the National Negotiation Competition for Law Schools. In this event James Mohajer and Patience Quartey came first in their heats, while Lisa MArtin and Nyasha Size narrowly missed out on qualification for the finals. Read more about this story...
As part of your degree, you will have the option to get involved with practical justice. For example, you can apply through the Law Programmes to ‘shadow’ a local judge while they assess, prepare for and conduct local trials at the city courts. We are also formalising a training scheme with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau who will train law students to act as assessors providing guidance to clients on a year-long scheme. In addition, you can get involved in the Mediation Clinic where ‘live’ mediations varying from civil, commercial, family or employment disputes, take place.
Annual Law Dinner
The Law School and the Student Law Society usually team up once a year to host the Annual Law Dinner at Canterbury Cathedral. This is a formal black tie event, currently presided over by our patron Lord Mance, Justice of the Supreme Court. Also in attendance are guests of honour such as Sir Ian Johnston, former Chief Constable, a variety of legal professionals, judges, solicitors and barristers and is sponsored by law firms and law publishers.