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Next in the gavel hall of shame — step forward Staffordshire University law school

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It claims to offer students the opportunity “to develop advocacy skills in an authentic courtroom setting” — so why the auction room hammer?

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The latest academic institution marketing team to make a hash of real-life legal procedure is camped out at Staffordshire University.

And, yes, it’s the usual balls-up with a gavel — and it comes just two months after we highlighted a similar mistake perpetrated by the law school at Bedfordshire University.

At least Staffs has splurged a bit more dosh on the exercise; while the Beds team knocked up a print poster looking like something from Blue Peter circa 1984, the latest effort from the West Midlands is at least a reasonably polished video.

Staffordshire University’s gavel gaffe: the Vine clip

Nonetheless, there is no excuse for falling into the gavel trap, as Staffs does with headlong enthusiasm.

The video’s protagonist is a confident young chap who challenges viewers not to follow the crowd (cue a shot of sheep) and to open the door onto curiosity.

From there he seems to nick a cup of coffee (raising questions over whether he would pass the fit and proper person test for qualifying as a lawyer), nip into a club to shake a quick leg, before striding into what is meant to be a Crown Court, where he boldly grasps the judge’s gavel and slams it down on the bench.

Then he’s off to perform a spot of open-heart surgery (watch the full video below).

When Bedfordshire Uni made this egregious balls-up a spokeswoman confidently told Legal Cheek it was an intentional “light-hearted representation of the legal profession”. Presumably Staffs will have a similar excuse.

The university offers an LLB degree as well as 125 Legal Practice Course places (of which this year 57 were filled) and 40 conversion course places (five of which were filled).

The university’s law school website boasts that students on all its courses, “will be taught by experienced professionals including qualified solicitors and barristers, and experience the type of work you’ll be expected to carry out in a law firm”.

It goes on to tell prospective students that they will “have the opportunity to develop advocacy skills in an authentic courtroom setting …”

Gavels all round, then.

The advert in full

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Inlaw

advocacy skills will be useful at the job centre

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Witheld

Staffordshire Law School is a wonderful place, wonderful facilities and degree. All bound up in red tape from the uni taking facilities from the students, such as 24 hour libraries and the parking is a mess with county court letters going straight to drivers, and staff infighting! Would take very very little to make this into a fabulous place as it once was, we just need a strong leader at the helm of the uni, and the law school!

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Fiat Justitia (with bald tyres)

The dude who used to run Stafford Hospital is available, I hear.

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Chris Warwick

“Staffordshire Law School is a wonderful place, wonderful facilities and degree. All bound up in red tape from the uni taking facilities from the students, such as 24 hour libraries and the parking is a mess with county court letters going straight to drivers, and staff infighting! Would take very very little to make this into a fabulous place as it once was, we just need a strong leader at the helm of the uni, and the law school!”

I personally couldnt agree more with this comment, and im currently studying there!

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Tim

This is where I took my LLB. I would say that a place where Deaf students can succeed in getting a law degree is doing better, inclusion-wise, than some of the snootier Universities.

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Not Amused

Deaf students are welcome to attend any of the universities in the UK and no doubt do so and succeed. It is wholly unacceptable to discriminate against deaf people which is why our universities do not do so.

If any individual within any university has discriminated against a deaf person then please use the ‘Tip Off’ button above to inform the editor of this blog who will, I’m confident, publish the story. In any other circumstance please stop casually implying that universities discriminate against deaf people – it is potentially very troubling for people who may not otherwise know you are wrong.

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