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Ashington High Schools Year 9 & 10 Norton Rose Fulbright Impress Initiative students participated in a mock trial in the chamber at Durham University Law School.

Ashington High Schools Year 9 & 10 Norton Rose Fulbright Impress Initiative students participated in a mock trial in the chamber at Durham University Law School.

A former pupil returned to his old school to pass on some legal tips to budding solicitors.

Adam Smith, a former student at Ashington High School and trainee solicitor with Norton Rose Fulbright, has teamed up with his old school to inspire the legal eagles of tomorrow through a new business and education partnership.

The Norton Rose Fulbright ‘Impress Initiative’ is the brainchild of Adam, who grew in Ashington, and is backed by Durham University Law School.

Students learn about legal careers, life as a lawyer and spend weekends at university.

Adam said: “All the big London firms typically work with London schools so I wanted to address that inequality for pupils in the north east.

“We have lots of talented kids in the region with bags of potential and we should encourage them to aim high.”

Participants are put through their paces in a range of legal negotiation exercises and learn about life as a law student.

Rob Kitching, principal at Ashington High School, said: “The Impress Initiative is unique as it’s the first scheme to link-up north east schools and a north east university to offer an experiential insight into a professional career and higher education.

“It’s been enthusiastically embraced by our students and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Adam Smith, Norton Rose Fulbright and Durham University.

“Together we are showing our students they can do anything they set their minds to and broadening their horizons in relation to the legal profession and higher education.”

Budding lawyer and Year 9 student, Rosie Wake, 13, said: “Every time we have a day on the Impress Initiative, we have the chance to meet up with Norton Rose Fulbright and Durham University representatives.

“They travel up from London and Durham each time so that they can work with us and that means a lot to us all at Ashington High School.”

 

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