The summer study-abroad program in Aberdeen, Scotland, got the notice of the Faculty of Advocates, the organization of the Scottish bar, which posted an article on its website about the students’ recent visit to the Faculty and Parliament House in Edinburgh. The more than 20 law students, 14 of them from UB, met Scottish advocates and witnessed courts in session.
Professor Kimberly Brown, who is directing the Aberdeen program this summer, said the history of the Scottish courts was fascinating: “Our guide shared with us how the judges originally sat in a public market-type forum in the midst of active food vendors and other town business, to hear grievances. Over many years, a formal system of courts sprung up and was refined.”
Brown also noted that Scotland’s courts were “curious” to the American eye, given their formality — and the white wigs worn by the judges.