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Applications to our Summer Scheme 2020, run in conjunction with the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET) have now closed. There was a record number of applications and we were delighted to find that 42% of candidates expressed a preference for attending the Cardiff Scheme (with 44% specifying London and 14% not stating a preference). The process of selecting candidates for the Scheme is now ongoing and should be completed in early April.

In light of Government policy regarding COVID-19, LEDLET and Legal Wales have made the difficult decision not to hold the Scheme in person in either London or Cardiff this summer. Instead, we are striving to design a Scheme which can be delivered using technology. Our aim is to deliver key benefits of the Scheme in as safe and effective a way as possible. We appreciate this is an uncertain time for everyone, and we aim to keep applicants, parents, and all those who have offered help with the Scheme updated throughout this period. If you have any further questions, please get in touch via email with the Cardiff Scheme administrator:

Access to Law Summer Scheme - Cardiff 2020

Legal Wales has teamed up with London-based charity the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust (LEDLET) in an exciting initiative aimed at Year 12 pupils. Up to 10 pupils living in Wales (or with strong links to Wales) will be selected for a week's residential Summer Scheme in Cardiff, taking place from 13th-17th July 2020. 10 more places are available for an equivalent scheme in London.

The successful candidates will shadow solicitors, chartered legal executives and barristers; observe a court hearing and have the opportunity to talk to a judge; and attend talks and workshops on studying law, legal careers and legal skills.

The Scheme will be completely free of charge to the students - the cost of travel to and from the Scheme, and all expenses during the week, will be paid for by Legal Wales and LEDLET. Grants are also potentially available for additional costs such as suitable clothing, or costs of care for a relative who is normally cared for by a successful applicant.

The Scheme is aimed at giving an opportunity to Year 12 pupils who might not have such opportunities otherwise. So Legal Wales and LEDLET will look positively at applications from pupils receiving free school meals; who are from economically disadvantaged areas; who have a disability; who are "looked after" (in care); or who are carers for others. But anyone can apply if they:

live in Wales or have strong links with Wales
will be under 18 on 13 July 2020
have no family links with the legal profession.

Applications close on 14th February, so hurry! Apply for both the Cardiff and London schemes here

Lord Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

2pm Friday 22nd November, TC013, Ty Crawshay, University of South Wales (Treforest Campus)
Foreign Affairs and Domestic Courts: a Sea Change
Faculty of Business and Society, USW in association with the Learned Society of Wales.

The last century has witnessed the growth of a substantive body of international law governing the relations between the world’s nation-states, but its increased use to protect the rights of individuals represents a potentially significant blurring of the boundary between national and international jurisdictions. What principles might guide the resolution of disputes in this increasingly complex field? To address these matters, we are delighted to welcome to the university one of the foremost experts in the UK on international public law. Lord Lloyd-Jones was educated at Pontypridd Boys’ Grammar School and Downing College, Cambridge. Called to the bar in 1975, he was later appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. Lord Lloyd-Jones has acted in numerous high profile proceedings, including the Pinochet extradition litigation and the ‘Bloody Sunday’ and Hutton inquiries. He was appointed as a Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 2017.

Places for this session are limited and we expect demand to be high. Please reserve your space here.

Legal Wales in conjunction with the Welsh Legal History Society

Legal Wales in conjunction with the Welsh Legal History SocietySponsored by Jeremy Miles AC/AM, Counsel General and Brexit Minister.

Requests the pleasure of your company for a Lecture and Reception to celebrate the inaugural sitting in Wales of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in the presence of the President, Deputy President and Justices of the Supreme Court.

For more details of the event click here.

Photographs of the lecture given by Dr Sara Elin Roberts - click here

Photographs of the event - click here

Combined Welsh Legal Professions Dinner

The Wales and Chester Circuit, Law Society Wales Office and CILEX have joined together to host a dinner to mark the inaugural sitting of the Supreme Court of Justice in Wales. This will be an opportunity for the legal professions, judges and legal academics based in Wales to come together to offer the Supreme Court Justices a ‘croeso cynnes’.

Date: Wednesday 24th July 2019
Venue: The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff Bay (The ‘Coal Exchange’)
Time: 7.30 for 8pm
Dress Code: Lounge suit
Cost: £65 per person

Click here for more details and order form

Legal Wales Conference 2019

University of South Wales Conference Centre
Treforest, Pontypridd
Friday 11 October 2019

More details to follow

2018 Conference

The 2018 Legal Wales Conference will be held at the Medrus Conference Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3BY on Friday 12 October.

To see the event programme click here.

To book, click here to go to eventbrite.

For more information email:

Legal Treasures of Wales

Noson AgoredTo accompany the Conference an event has been organised on Thursday 11 October (6.15 for 6.45) in the National Library of Wales by the Welsh Legal History Society in conjunction with the Library – a Lecture with Supper (£15 a head) to celebrate “The Legal Treasures of Wales” including the Boston Manuscript of the Laws of Hywel Dda, purchased by the Library in 2012 and now re-bound and restored.

For more details of the event click here.

To book, click here to go to Eventbrite.


Open EveningThursday evening, 09 August 2018 5pm - 7pm

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Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People
Notice of Lecture (free of charge and open to the public)
Thursday 17th November 2016
Swansea University, Richard Price Lecture Theatre
Commencing at 6.30 pm
Speaker: Lord Kerr, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Will give a talk on:
“Protecting children, enforcing their rights”.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public

Building Our Children’s Legal Centre


You are warmly invited to attend a free evening event.
Bangor Law School, kindly sponsored by Linenhall Chambers, is hosting the launch of the North Wales Children’s Legal Centre to begin the development of a knowledge-base for a children’s rights platform.

Building Our Children’s Legal Centre
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Bangor University, Main Arts Building, Lecture Room 3
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG, UK

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Children’s Legal Centre Launch with Speakers including

7:00 pm – Reception & Networking
8pm – Close

The event will draw upon research carried out by practitioners, legal scholars, law interns, and community volunteers. The focus is on legal issues currently affecting children and young people in Wales, along with best practice models and lessons learned from across the United Kingdom.
Limited seating is available – please email your attendance intentions by 30 September 2016 to:

Also, please include the following two items in your seating reservations:
(1) your name and position, (2) agency/work area


logoThe Law Society Wales Office invites you to attend the Robin ap Cynan Memorial Lecture:

‘Wales Family Law – Time to create a separate jurisdiction?’

to be delivered by His Honour Judge Gareth Jones
Thursday 4 August 2016, 16.00
The Societies’ Tent 1, National Eisteddfod of Wales
Castle Meadows, Abergavenny

We look forward to seeing you