Griffin LAW

Griffin LAW (Law and Advocacy Workshops) is the Inn’s vehicle for promoting social mobility and access to the Bar. 

Introducing students to the legal profession

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 LAW students are taught cross-examination, examination in chief and persuasive advocacy techniques as they take part in a bespoke 8 week skills course. 

The course is delivered by student Members of Gray’s who have successfully completed the Inn’s eight week Griffin Mentor training programme.

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. 

Summer School 

A two day summer school for secondary school students which culminates in a debate in Hall, and includes a trip to the Royal Courts and meetings with Barristers and Court of Appeal Judges. 

Griffin Directors

  • Angharad Marshall, Griffin Director, 2017-20
  • James Halliday, Griffin Coordinator 2019-20
  • Claire Hood-Walsh, Griffin Coordinator 2019-20

The Griffin Access Programme  (GAP)

The Griffin Access Programme  (GAP) forms part of the Griffin Law Outreach programme Griffin LAW (Law and Advocacy Workshops) which is the Inn’s vehicle for promoting social mobility and access to the Bar.

Introducing students to the legal profession. 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.

The overarching aim of the programme is to de-mystify careers at the Bar by providing an opportunity to meet and work with the members of the Inn and to provide practical advice to plot a route to the Bar for committed students. 

GAP will differ from other schools’ outreach programmes run by the Inn in terms of the duration (18 months) and contact students will have with the Inn’s members.  Many sessions are conducted in small groups with a specific mentor (facilitator) and build relationships.

GAP will be driven by the junior members of the Inn through a mentoring programme, which will act as a gateway to the career services of the Inn.

GAP Summer School

A two day summer school for GAP students which culminates in a debate in Hall, and includes a trip to the Royal Courts and meetings with Barristers and Court of Appeal Judges.

Griffin Access Programme Directors

  • Joel Semakula, Griffin Access Programme Director, 2020-21

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