University law students given glimpse of life as a Crown Court Judge
PUBLISHED: 14:16 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 05 April 2018
Law students at the University of Suffolk have been given a behind-the-scenes insight of the workings of Ipswich Crown court.
Judge David Goodin has allowed students to sit in on his court proceedings since January, giving students experience in how the court operates and the role of the judge and barristers.
“This opportunity is one of great importance,” said Judge Goodin.
“Not only does it demystify the courtroom and proceedings but also it has the potential to encourage students considering entering the legal profession.
“I have been very impressed with the students from the University of Suffolk.
“They ask intelligent questions and are observing the goings on of the court room with diligence and great interest.”
Second year Law and Criminology student Joanna Trett said she had gained a great deal from the experience.
“I was just what I hoped it to be, she said.
“To actually be in the court on the bench next to the judge is an experience not to be missed.
“Actually shadowing a judge from within his chambers and able to go behind the scenes, to what happens on the court room was very insightful.
“It was especially helpful actually see the law working within a court.”
Student Naomi Butt added: “The experience of shadowing Judge Goodin has been the defining moment in forming my career decision.
“It was through this that I have become determined to be successful as a lawyer, as I found that I was very comfortable in the courtroom.
“The practical experience is vastly different from the theory discussed in lectures, and has provided me with a new perspective.”
Fellow student Staci Curtis said: “Shadowing is a very valuable experience and I absolutely loved it.
“To see what we have learnt in the classroom actually being used within a courtroom helps a lot to understand it better.
“Judge Goodin is a brilliant mentor with a wide range of experience.
“I have been arriving at court as early as I can to allow time to sit with the judge to talk about the cases that day.”
Stephen Colman, senior lecturer in law at the University of Suffolk, said “This is an excellent opportunity for the students to see the law in action and to gain an insight into the world of the Crown Court.
“All the students who have participated have found the scheme very valuable and some have been inspired to pursue careers as barristers or solicitors.”
To find out more about the Law programmes at the University of Suffolk visit www.uos.ac.uk/courses or visit its next open event on Saturday, April 21.