We are a training provider for children aged 8-18 and validated as a public learning destination for Children’s University in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas. We run workshops for children aged 8-14 and holiday clubs for older children. We do not train children to become lawyers but we do teach the key transferable skills of a lawyer in the workshops through fun, fast paced activities and challenges. Participants develop confidence in public speaking and the ability to effectively persuade their audience. Each workshop is based on a different theme, developing an interest in current affairs and a wide range of topics ranging from architecture to zoology.
Why would my child benefit from learning some of the key skills of a lawyer?
What does a successful lawyer do well?
‘A lawyer needs to speak clearly, concisely and persuasively. They need to formulate arguments, think on their feet creatively as well as logically and be able to persuade an audience of their point. The skills of a lawyer involve conducting interviews, negotiations and problem solving.’
These are life skills for success in social, exam, interview and future employment situations and help with the ability to network confidently.
What will my child gain from the classes at the JLC?
Our unique and original programme develops:
- Confidence in public speaking, presentations and interviews
- Mental agility – the ability to listen, think and speak under pressure
- Empathy and awareness of voice and body language
- Leadership and negotiation skills
- Business acumen
- Critical and creative thinking skills
Enabling, Enhancing and Enjoyable!
What do you teach in the workshops?
All sorts of things! Role-plays can range from preparing an election speech, to hosting a news debate. Children might be acting out a trial, or designing a new product and pitching for investment. Activities are carefully designed to be topical and thought-provoking and to stretch language, creative and critical thinking skills. Our tutors give feedback after each exercise.
Students often work in small groups to prepare material and then perform in front of a larger group of students, to increase confidence and the ability to mix with a range of personalities and people.
Where do exam skills come into this?
Exam skills are a pervasive element of the classes with constant timed activities that are fun and challenging. Tutor feedback allows participants to improve and progress. We also cover research skills, teaching students how to source and cite academically reliable and relevant information accurately.
The JLC Certification System
The JLC Certificate System will be operating from September 2019.
The JLC Certificate system consists of 10 completion levels, with prizes and awards along the way. Each level requires approximately 8 hours of workshop attendance. After attaining levels 3,6 and 9, students are invited in to take an exam – Bronze, Silver and Gold, leading up to the final award of JLC Mentor. Older children (Silks) will be able to take the accelerated programme, to act as a JLC Mentor. Every few levels, they will be invited in to take an exam – Bronze, Silver and Gold, leading up to the final award of JLC Mentor.
Who has devised the certificate system, activities and exams?
We have consulted with our Professional Board of Advisers to devise the workshops and certificate system. Members of the Board comprise educational experts ranging from a former University Dean of Learning and Teaching, Head of Law at Pearson College, Principal University Lecturers, senior school and primary school teachers and headteachers.
What about ‘networking’ or ‘soft’ skills?
In the classes, children will interact and present in different roles and social situations. They are given feedback on their performance, with positive suggestions for building on their abilities. Leadership, resilience and self-confidence are all key life skills the children will develop throughout the sessions.
Click on the appropriate age group in the menu bar above to see details for each programme