Walkers, St. Ignatius extend law course

Walkers law firm continues its partnership with St. Ignatius Catholic School and the Cayman Islands Law School to offer a full A-Level Law course to students in Cayman in addition to the existing AS Level Law course.

Walkers is the sole sponsor of the programme, which is offered exclusively by St. Ignatius.

This will mark the third year that the AS Level Law course has been included in the St. Ignatius curriculum, primarily in response to an increasing number of students in Cayman who want to pursue a career in law, states a press release.

The course allows students to sample the study of law before committing themselves to the subject at undergraduate level. It is taught by lecturers from the Cayman Islands Law School and is open to students who are registered as Sixth Form students at St. Ignatius and Cayman Prep School and have graduated with a minimum of seven or higher grade passes at IGCSE or CXC.

Peter Embleton, principal of St. Ignatius, stated, “The development of the AS course to the full A-Level Law course reinforces the commitment of St. Ignatius to provide a first rate curriculum for students in Cayman. Both Walkers and the Cayman Islands Law School have been extremely supportive of this programme. Walkers’ sponsorship helps us to meet the cost of providing tuition and textbooks. In addition, partners from the firm will conduct lectures on the legal profession and practice as well as assist with the delivery of certain subject matter relating to the course. Walkers will also provide a prize for the best law student.”

The programme received approval in 2006 from the Attorney General Samuel Bulgin, who granted permission for the Cayman Islands Law School to deliver the course. It is also actively supported by the Hon. Alden McLaughlin. ‘The A level law course fits in very well with the ‘Better Pathways Brighter Futures’ programme that offers students access to a wider variety of study options in order to strengthen their preparedness for the world of work’ stated Mr. McLaughlin, Minister for Education and a former lawyer.

‘The understanding of Law and knowledge of the legal system that the A Level law course will impart to students’ he continued ‘will provide a useful foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in any law related profession and I am thrilled that Walkers has elected to continue its partnership with St. Ignatius Catholic School and the Cayman Islands Law School.’

Set to resume in September 2008, the course gives students a sense of the academic rigour involved in the study of law, in terms of the required reading, the standard of written work and the need to be able to accurately and concisely articulate arguments and points of view. Regardless of whether or not students ultimately choose to pursue a career in law, they can benefit immensely from taking the course. Several students who enrolled in the AS course in the first year are now either studying law at university in the UK or the Cayman Islands Law School.

Both St. Ignatius Catholic School and the Cayman Islands Law School agree that the programme is an excellent head start for those who do go on to study law. Mitchell Davies, Director of Legal Studies at the Cayman Islands Law School, believes that the course actually gives students who enrol an advantage in some areas over those do not. Mr. Davies commented, ‘The Cayman Islands Law School is pleased to continue its involvement in this educationally significant venture, the teaching of which has been very ably led for the past two years by CILS lecturers Mr. Alan Sprince and Mr. Matthew Rollinson. This initiative provides students with a challenging programme of study which will help them decide whether or not their future career ambitions lie in the practice of law. We hope to see applications from many of the A Level students to the Cayman Islands Law School LLB programme in the near future.’

Walkers Partner, Richard Addlestone, remarked that the firm was delighted to continue its sponsorship of the A-Level Law Course and added, “This programme benefits our community in many ways. It provides more opportunities for Caymanian students; it enhances the standard of education for school leavers and effectively supplies employers in Cayman with students who have a wider and more diverse range of skills and qualifications. Walkers is particularly pleased to be able to make this contribution in an area of study in which the firm has a specific interest and in a year in which Walkers celebrates 25 years of legal training.”

Contact St. Ignatius Catholic School for more information on the A-Level Law Course.

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