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Our Pupils & Lawyers programme sees individuals from all areas of the profession offer young people insight into how the legal system works.

Participants are happy to visit local schools or in many cases, their own former school, for Q&A sessions with pupils.

The atmosphere is always relaxed and the questions are general in nature rather than on specific points of law.

All of our participants have thoroughly enjoyed the visits.

The programme originated in Scotland and is now being rolled out to other parts of the UK.

For lawyers ..

For younger lawyers, the Q&As offer a challenging but highly rewarding opportunity to develop their communication skills in an unusual and interesting situation.  If only all CPD was so satisfying! 

Meanwhile experienced senior staff enjoy helping young people understand why respect for the law is important in a modern society. 

Some individuals, who were not educated in high-profile schools, can also help raise confidence and aspirations by returning for a Q&A with current pupils, so illustrating there is no need to limit their own ambitions on leaving school.

For schools ..

The visits offer pupils an introduction to the legal system and an insight into the work lawyers do. 

They also help break down the stereotypes and misconceptions youngsters often hold about lawyers.

In some cases, the visits offer young people from disadvantaged areas an opportunity to meet members of the legal profession for the first time.

How do I get involved?

We are very happy to work with our members and their partner schools to arrange Q&A visits.

If members would like our Director, Patrick Gaffney, to facilitate the event on the day, this can also be arranged.

We also carry a list of law firms that are not currently members of the Schools Law Web but may be willing to participate in Q&As at nearby schools.  This list will be available shortly in order that schools can check for firms in their local area. 

Now what?

If your firm would like to participate in a Q&A, or you are a teacher who wishes to enquire about arranging a visit to your school, please contact the Project Director, Patrick Gaffney.


Top Construction & Engineering lawyer Lindy
Patterson of Dundas & Wilson challenges some
stereotypes as she answers questions from
senior students at Eyemouth High.

Paul Hogarty of Boyd Solicitors enjoyed the
challenge of a Q&A at Boroughmuir High
School when he was a trainee solicitor.

Michael Clancy (right), Director of Law Reform
at the Law Society of Scotland, joins Patrick Gaffney of the Schools Law Web for a
Q&A session at Michael's former school,
St Bride's Primary in Cambuslang.

Diane Nicol (rear, left), a partner at McGrigors, thoroughly enjoyed a Q&A with the pupils and
meeting the staff of her former primary school,
David Livingstone Memorial PS, in Blantyre.

Childhood friends and young lawyers, Collette
Paterson and Marie Sime, were pleased to
answer questions from S1 pupils at their
former school, Turnbull High in Bishopbriggs.

David Smart (right) of Graham & Finlayson in Crieff enjoyed discussing a wide range of issues
with the S1 pupils of Morrison's Academy. >#

Top corporate lawyer, Eilidh Wiseman, enjoyed
working with senior pupils from her former,
school Stranraer Academy before presenting the prizes at the school's 2011 award ceremony.

David Preston (right), former President of The
Law Society of Scotland, joins Patrick Gaffney,
Director of the Schools Law Web, in a Q&A
session at David's former school, Hillhead High.