In March, LLB students from New College went to London.
In the morning, students visited the Central Criminal Courts (the Old Bailey) for a tour. They learnt about the history of the Court since its origins as Newgate Prison and were able to see a London wall dating from 200AD, the prison door and Dead Man’s Walk down which the condemned would be led through a series of ever narrowing archways. Students also enjoyed seeing the series of huge paintings on the ceiling of the Great Hall, situated underneath the dome.
Afterwards, students sat in on the proceedings in Court 16 and heard witness evidence in a double murder case. The case has made legal history as the defendant has gone on trial whilst lying in a hospital bed. Sergei Zolotovsky is accused of killing his wife and mother-in-law, and he was left paralysed after two failed suicide attempts.
In the afternoon, students travelled to the Court of Appeal and experienced a civil case. Greenwich Community Law Centre was appealing the High Court Decision in R (Greenwich Community Law Centre) v Greenwich LBC which related to the funding of a law centre.
Afterwards, the court was cleared of everyone but the students and Lord Justice Ward, who had been presiding over the case, came out to meet with the students. He gave advice on the importance of preparation and managing one’s paperwork. Students asked him various questions and were particularly interested to hear how he dealt with cases involving child abuse including the well-publicised Children of God case that Ward LJ heard in 1995.
This year has seen the introduction of a new LLB (Hons) course at New College , Swindon, through a groundbreaking partnership with BPP University College . The course is a general law degree which covers the foundation subjects required by the profession and a wide range of elective modules. In addition, skills training aims to develop research, legal reasoning, problem-solving and communication skills.
It is hoped that the ‘affordable’ degree programme will be particularly attractive to local students who are looking to establish themselves in a career in law in Wiltshire.