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Celebrating 10 Years of York Law School

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of York Law School. The department has come a long way in that time: establishing its unique Problem-Based Learning approach to the study of law, cementing its credentials as a research-intensive school, and continuing to grow – in terms of undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and physical space – but retaining its founding core values that make us so distinctive.

It would have been remiss not to celebrate the occasion

Over Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, the department held a series of events to help mark this milestone.

 

On the Friday evening, Labour's Shadow Attorney General and member of the House of Lords Shami Chakrabarti was involved in two events to mark the 10 year anniversary. First, there was a 10-year Anniversary Moot, involving five students from across the undergraduate programme – Charlie Tye, Adam Walton, Younis Mageit, Jessica Gracie, and Brandon Middleton. Based on a appeal from R (on the application of AM and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKUT 372 (IAC), the moot illustrated some of the current strains around the rule of law. The case began as an application from four children who had survived for varying periods in the notorious “Jungle” in Calais, in northern France, until the camp was demolished in October 2016 and the Home Office’s subsequent decision that the children did not have the right to enter the UK. In the moot, the Government side lost the appeal – congratulations to Adam Walton and Jessica Gracie for winning their case, and to the rest of the mooters for their participation.

Following the moot, Shami Chakrabarti delivered a keynote speech as part of the York Festival of Ideas, titled: ‘Of Women: In the 21st century’. Her talk was a powerful, urgent and timely discussion of why women still need equality, and how we get there.

The festivities on the following day – Saturday 9th June – fell into two halves: an afternoon event in the PBL area, followed by an evening meal in the atrium of the Law and Management Building.

With over 100 alumni, staff and current students attending across the course of the day, those from the very first cohorts – the so-called ‘Portakabin days’ – mingled with everyone from current first years, recent graduates and staff new and ‘old’. Attendees ‘PBLed’ – perhaps, for some, against their will – a problem amalgamating all the usual characters from the years. Feel free to download a copy for yourself and see how you fare in getting to some outcomes by clicking 10th Anniversary PBL Problem (PDF , 640kb).

The afternoon event closed with six short reflective talks. Those from the very first cohort in 2008 – Dr Richard Hedlund, Denzil-John Turbervill and Elizabeth Hill – and a more recent 2016 graduate – Rebecca Bannister – all, in true York Law School fashion, reflected back on their undergraduate studies and where it had led them in their lives to date. One of our current first year students, Isabel Ringrose, then provided her own reflection after just one year here at YLS, highlighting changes to the course and her own experiences of adjusting the same PBL process that informed much of the 2008 cohort’s reflections. Deputy Head of School Ben Fitzpatrick then provided his own reflection on the how the undergraduate LLB programme has evolved from the early days and where it is heading in the future.

The Law and Management building atrium played host to the dinner, with pictures from graduations over the years – taken in the same space – hung around the balconies. Head of School, Professor Caroline Hunter, gave her own reflections on the development of York Law School over the last 10 years, focused on the theme of continuity and change. You can download her slides from the speech 10th Anniversary - CH ppt (MS PowerPoint , 23,863kb).

 

The Law and Management building atrium played host to the dinner, with pictures from graduations over the years – taken in the same space – hung around the balconies. Head of School, Professor Caroline Hunter, gave her own reflections on the development of York Law School over the last 10 years, focused on the theme of continuity and change. You can download her slides from the speech 10th Anniversary - CH ppt (MS PowerPoint , 23,863kb)

We will be making more photos available here in due course so those who were able to attend can ‘reflect’ back on their memories of the day and those unable to can get a flavour of the celebrations – check back here in a week or two!