Three Blue Mountains Grammar students have been getting a taste of the law in a new online program for future lawyers developed by the Law Society of NSW.
The Future Lawyers Program has been offered to 650 year 10 and 11 students across NSW, developed in line with coronavirus restrictions, so they could learn from experienced and knowledgeable solicitors within the comfort of their own home.
Mirah Larkin said she was excited to be gaining a deeper understanding of what a lawyer does.
"The past few weeks of Zoom lectures have enabled us to understand the importance of the content we are learning in class such as the formation of the legal system and ethics, highlighting how it is the basis of working in the actual legal system," she said.
"We have also gained an understanding of how a real courtroom functions and I am excited for the next lessons which will teach us more about how a barrister acts within a courtroom, such as how to make a closing statement and structure an argument.
"The lectures have highlighted to me the exciting and adaptive legal system which makes me further consider a career within it."
Scarlett Weston-Cole said the program has only increased her interest in the law.
"I am still very interested in pursuing a career in law and I think that this program has solidified that," she said.
Kalana Campbell-Fuller said she had a particular interest in justice.
"The idea of justice within the law is something I am very interested in, and through this course, I have been able to gain a better comprehension of how lawyers use the law to achieve justice within society," she said.
Topics covered include an introduction to Australian legal systems, advocacy, law reform, policy and ethics, as well as mock trial topics to keep teams on their toes.