S3 through S6 (13yrs - 18yrs)
The Seniors, unlike the Juniors Project, is run outwith school hours. The tutorials run for 7 weeks, starting late August, usually from 4.30pm to 6pm before intermediary trials during late October / early November in courts within each school's region. The international programme will be conducted virtually. Subject to COVID restrictions, the semi-finals will take place in Glasgow and the finals will be heard in the Lord President's Court (Court of Session) before The Rt. Hon Lady Dorrian, The Lord Justice Clerk - Scotland's second most senior judge. After the Finals all students gather for the black-tie Awards Ceremony in the Signet Library in early November.
The Senior's project is much more academic. The roles of gown maker, artist etc have been removed and the size of each team is reduced to between four to eight students. This upcoming academic year sees the introduction of more disciplines to work with covering a range of professional areas, from medicine to prosthetics, to bio-chemistry, neuroscience and the environment. Each school must submit two teams (or a multiple thereof), one Defender and the other Pursuer, although these teams compete against other schools, not each other.
Students can apply to take part as individuals, although their application must be approved by their school. They will then be assigned to another school or into their own team, depending on numbers.
The case surrounds a personal injury type action and a possible claim for injuries and loss of earnings. The students have to work through a mountain of paperwork to try and ascertain the relevant facts and then consider the law applicable. Students have access to their tutors each week as well as over a secure forum. Students are also offered an opportunity to an 'Away Day' (Subject to COVID restrictions) to add to the realism of the project. This visit enables the students to learn not only the science behind the project but, subject to the weather etc., see it in action.
This is an extremely demanding project in that students are expected to not only attend weekly tutoring sessions and the trials, but also to carry out a great deal of work outwith these times and to submit documents (via the website) timeously.
This is being revamped and will not run during the next academic year.
The Board have elected to work with the SCQF to have a new programme accredited that will enable students to gain a meaningful qualification with the associated credits. More details will be given in due course.
Following the success of the trial programme, the debates will now form part of our annual offerings.. For more details please go HERE