Law Trip to Supreme Court and Parliament

Uniformed Services, Law & Criminology

On Wednesday 5 October, our first year Law students went to London to see The Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament. 

Since the group are only a few weeks into the new subject, they have only learnt how laws are passed. However, the trip was a chance to gain even more knowledge and hear about real-life case studies. 

After a quick coach journey into London, the group walked over to The Supreme Court, where they were fortunate enough to be offered a free tour. The guide walked the class through the three main courts and spoke about cases which had been heard there.

The Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal in the UK (unless the case involves EU law) so many significant rulings had been set there. One example given was a case by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who is currently living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid arrest.

After the tour finished, the group took some time to eat their packed lunch before heading over to the nearby Houses of Parliament. The group were toured around the House of Lords, House of Commons and Westminster Hall. 

Once the tour was over, the group had an hour workshop in which they debated whether or not capital punishment should be brought back to the UK. Two members of the group were elected as leaders and wore hats and one student presided over the debate as Speaker, and even got to wear a Speaker's gown!

They finished off the workshop with a quiz about what they had learned before making their way back to coach.

It was a fantastic experience for the students and they learnt a lot about the subjects which they will soon be discussing in their Law lessons. We can't wait to see what happens on our next trip for Humanities, Criminology & Law!