The Legal Apprentice Final 2019

Two Year 12 pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt, in Northern Ireland have been crowned the winning team in a prestigious national legal competition.

Úna Campbell and Luke McCallion competed against 8 other finalists from three schools across the UK in the “The Legal Apprentice” competition, hosted by law firm Kingsley Napley LLP in partnership with The Times.

The runner-up was Parkstone Grammar School in Dorset. The two other finalists were Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School in Kent and Rhyl Sixth Llandrillo College in Wales.

Launched last November, "The Legal Apprentice" competition saw 902 teams from 308 schools across the UK compete against each other through a series of heats testing pupils’ drafting, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

The Legal Apprentice was conceived with the aim of encouraging more pupils from non-traditional backgrounds to consider a career in the law.

The final took place on 19th June at News UK in London (HQ of The Times) where finalists were tasked with advising a fictional client, representing that client in a police interview and then making a bail application on the client's behalf. The clients were played by professional actors.

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