The Schools: Kenmont Primary

Year 5 students from Kenmont Primary School in Hammersmith and Fulham, who are now in their second year of developing their enterprise skills, and have also been learning about Crime and Punishment in their topic work, visited international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

The Business: Baker & McKenzie, London

Baker & McKenzie is a global law firm, who employs over 4,200 lawyers in 77 offices, which are located in 47 countries. The Y5 students were keen to share their existing impressive knowledge of law and the different roles available in the world of law.

The Challenge: Tricky Trials

Students were asked to take on the roles of paralegals, solicitors and barristers in order to put three very famous cases to trial. With the support of our Baker & McKenzie volunteers who came from all different aspects of the law firm including HR and trainee solicitors, the aspiring new law firms delivered their findings to the court.

The Results:

There were some very clear arguments presented to the Jury, selecting appropriate witnesses to ask their open questions to, the Year 5 students spoke with confidence and conviction in order to defend their client. Teams reflected on which of the challenge skills were important for each role, they agreed that Paralegals needed to listen carefully to the solicitors you are working with and be able to work in a team, it was important that Solicitors were good at problem solving and for Barristers, the students believed that using imagination and sharing ideas was most important to be able to persuade the judge and jury. Clearly the Year 5 students have been developing all these skills back in school as they all excelled in each role. The winning team for most persuasive case was the prosecution for Queen Elsa as the jury found her guilty of criminal damage.

What they said:

  • “They were an engaged and enthusiastic group, a breath of fresh air!” – Volunteer, Baker & McKenzie
  • “I’d like to be a Solicitor when I’m older so I can help people solve their problems.” – Student, Kenmont Primary

Thanks to Baker & McKenzie for such a great trip day, and to Kenmont Primary School for coming along.

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