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Through the MoreLaw programme, our lawyers work with Greenwood Academies Trust to support their students with the development of key skills to encourage personal development and the achievement of academic and career goals. As part of this programme, the pupils go through an application and interview process, spend some time at Browne Jacobson and are invited on an educational trip to London organised by the firm. We also provide support to pupils studying law and attend careers days run by our education clients.

London Trip


The trip to London involved a visit and official tour around the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) providing an opportunity for the students to learn about the history of the RCJ and the types of cases that are heard in the different divisions. Everyone then observed criminal appeal hearings being heard in the RCJ followed by lunch in the sunshine in temple gardens, before heading off to 39 Essex Street Chambers to meet a barrister and a clerk who provided some valuable insight into the roles of barrister and barristers clerk. The day finished with a visit to the Inner Temple which involved a tour of the grand main hall and library.

Morelaw in London 2015



Two groups of students from Weston Favell Academy spent time with our team in Birmingham in July. We put together a schedule of activities to give the students an insight into life at Browne Jacobson, different areas of law and running a law firm as a business. In the morning the students were given the opportunity to meet with their mentors over coffee and ask any questions. A number of trainees at the firm then gave a talk to the students about life at Browne Jacobson, why they chose law and how they came to be a solicitor.

They also gave the students a number of tips for applying for jobs/ university. We gave the students a taster of a number of different legal fields including criminal, education and negligence. We took the students on a trip to the Crown Court, Birmingham where we sat in on a number of trials, including a murder trial which was hearing witness evidence! Students were given the opportunity to draft their own legal opinion based on an interesting topic in the news with a legal edge and were given examples from education, criminal or health law.

We organised an interactive session in the afternoon where students discussed negligence law and worked through a number of case study examples.



Groups of students attended Browne Jacobson’s Nottingham office for some time across a two week period.

The initial day for all students was spent at Nottingham Magistrates Court, to give a taste of criminal law, something all students said they were interested in. In the first week, we watched a domestic violence ABH trial. At the end of the trial the students were called into the court and spoke briefly to the Magistrates, Court Clerk, Prosecutor and Defence Solicitor. Students in the second week watched smaller procedural issues being dealt with in court.

All students spent two days in the education department. They drafted some documents required in an academy conversion which gave students an idea of the day to day work of the department, and allowed them to develop some technical drafting skills. Students also wrote a short legal opinion on a current education related news story.

Students spent one day in the commercial/ intellectual property department, where they researched intellectual property rights, reviewed commercial contracts and turned their findings into a client report. Colleagues in the department were impressed by the students’ commercial awareness!

Students also spent a day in the advocacy and environment team where they used case law and legislation to research and drafted reports on various issues including contaminated land, the new waste regulations and environmental issues for academy conversions.

In the property department, students reviewed Land Registry title documents to ascertain ownership of property, third party rights, covenants and whether there were any risks that a client should be advised of. Students looked at the importance of searches and what happens to a school’s land and buildings when it becomes an academy. Students were also given the opportunity to sit with the property admin staff, who taught them about some of the administrative tasks which need to be done in a law firm.

London Trip


In addition to the time spent in our offices, we invited all 11 students involved in the scheme on a day trip to London. For some of the students, this was there first visit to London and so it was an exciting opportunity to experience the capital itself, as well as providing some insight into ‘Legal London’ and spend more time with their mentors.

We started the trip with a tour of the Royal Courts of Justice where students gained knowledge of court procedure and learnt a bit about the history of the RCJ. This was followed by a visit to the Inns of Court where a barrister at 2 Temple Gardens explained the route to the law and the differences between a criminal or civil barrister. His clerk then showed us around chambers allowing the students an insight into the different roles that are essential in chambers. The day finished with a tour of the Inner Temple Inns.