Laisterdyke Leadership Academy pupils with ambitions of following careers in law have taken part in an innovative pre-university programme run by Bradford City Council.

The Student Pre-University Court Exposure (SPRUCE) programme helps to challenge misconceptions around training for a legal career, and break down barriers to entry.

Five Year 12 pupils from Laisterdyke went along to Bradford City Hall to hear from practising professionals on the varied career pathways that are open to them should they choose to study law. Pupils Alishba Minhas, Ali Azad, Halima Hussain, Zaineb Nazir and Rosy Kauser had the chance to speak face-to-face with judges, barristers and solicitors about their professions, and even witnessed re-enactments of court proceedings in the old court room within City Hall.
More than 60 Year 12 pupils from schools across Bradford took part in the three day SPRUCE programme which covered the many aspects of legal career options, such as criminal law, business law, family law, civil law, and citizens’ advice law.

Shelly Johnson, our Head of Sixth Form, said:

“It’s exciting to see the number of our students participating in the SPRUCE increasing year on year, knowing the benefits the students gain from the experience. Our Head Girl, Sana Mahmood, who took part in the programme last year has secured an offer to study Law at the University of Leeds.”

Year 12 pupil Ali Azad took part in the SPRUCE programme. He said:

“It was a very interesting experience which offered a great opportunity to learn about many aspects of law. I particularly enjoyed speaking to the barristers.”

Zaineb Nazir also took part. She added:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience which has reinforced my aspirations to pursue a career in the Forensic Psychology field.”