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Law: Skills & Insight – Building A Defence With Dr Miranda Bevan From Goldsmiths, University of London

June 12 @ 16:30 - 17:15

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In this Law session, Dr Miranda Bevan, a leading academic from Goldsmiths, University of London who previously practised as a criminal barrister, will run an interactive skills and insight workshop for students on Building a Defence.

Ever wondered how a defence lawyer persuades a jury to find a defendant not guilty? This session will look at how lawyers go about the task of building a defence. What questions do lawyers ask (and not ask)? Who decides what approach to take? What is a defence lawyer looking for when they read a case?

Using an imaginary criminal case the session will take students through the process of building a defence. You will learn how defence lawyers approach a case and develop your own legal reasoning skills. Can you work together to persuade the jury to secure an acquittal for our imaginary defendant?


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Miranda Bevan


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Law and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and can also think about questions they have about studying Law at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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June 12
16:30 - 17:15
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