Aspiring lawyers visit Walkers

In its role as sponsor of the AS
Level and A’ Level Law courses at St. Ignatius,  Walkers recently held a series of open days
for students to help widen their experience and provide a new perspective to
the profession.

On the first day the students were
given presentations by some of the supporting departments in the law firm
including accounting, IT, marketing and operations.  They also heard from members of the aircraft/asset
finance and litigation practice groups, as well as Walkers fund services. 

Justin Hart, an articled clerk at
Walkers discussed the main considerations that the students should bear in mind
when deciding whether to embark on a career in the legal field.

“My experience thus far has been
both challenging and rewarding,” he said.

“Becoming a lawyer is not a walk in
the park and you have to be willing to work hard, however the hard work does
pay off.”

For the second part of the visit,
the students visited the Court of Appeal where they got to see the inside of a
courtroom and some real cases in action. The students also had the opportunity
to meet some senior individuals within the firm including Cayman Managing
Partner Diarmad Murray and Investment Funds Partner Heidi de Vries.

 “The Law programmes at St. Ignatius benefit
the community in Cayman by giving the students an extra advantage and an insight
to the legal profession,” said Walkers Partner Vicki Hazelden, who heads up the
firm’s training committee.

 “At Walkers we believe that these study programmes
help to improve educational opportunities and standards for Caymanian school
leavers which contributes towards a stronger and better educated work

Peter Embleton, Head of Secondary
at St. Ignatius. Said the school wouldn’t be able to offer the programme if it
wasn’t for the continued assistance it receives from both Walkers and the Cayman
Islands Law School.

“We are committed to providing
all our students with a first rate curriculum and many of our students have
developed a keen interest in the law as a result of the programmes. The open
day at Walkers was very interesting for them and has helped bring this subject
to life.”  

Dorothy Scott, Associate at Walkers
who assisted in organising the two day tour added: “Walkers is proud to
continue contributing to the study of law in Cayman. We have played an active
part in sponsoring Caymanian students in their legal studies and training
Caymanian attorneys for over a quarter of a century. Our sponsorship of
the A-level course at St Ignatius is an extension of the firm’s commitment
to the education of Caymanians.”

Tuition for the A-Level
and AS-Level Law courses is provided by lecturers from the Cayman Islands Law
School and the courses are open to students who are registered as Sixth Form
students at St. Ignatius and Cayman Prep School, having graduated with a
minimum of seven or more higher grade passes at IGCSE or CXC.