Griffin LAW (Law and Advocacy Workshops) is the Inn’s vehicle for promoting social mobility and access to the Bar.
The workshops introduce secondary and sixth form students to the legal profession, build their knowledge of the rule of law and develop their skills in advocacy and persuasion. Our Griffin students are identified by their schools as having aptitude and potential, but insufficient access to opportunity.
Griffin students take part in a bespoke 8 week skills course which is delivered by student members of Gray’s who have successfully completed the Inn’s eight week Griffin Mentor training programme.
Students are taught cross-examination, examination in chief and persuasive advocacy techniques. The programme culminates in the Griffin Mock Trial where the students play the role of counsel in a mock trial at the Royal Courts of Justice or the Old Bailey. Baroness Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, participated in the 2017 mock trial as a jurist and the judgement was delivered by Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb.
Griffin Summer School is a two day summer school for secondary school students which culminates in a debate in Hall chaired by the Master of Students (in 2017, Ali Bajwa QC) and includes a trip to the Royal Courts and meetings with Barristers and Court of Appeal Judges.