High school students have been given a look into the inner workings of the criminal and civil legal system, touring the Port Macquarie Court House.
Year 12 students undertaking legal studies at MacKillop College were given a tour of the court house and Port Macquarie Police Station on September 12.
Students sat in and studied up on local and district court procedures before chatting with magistrates and detectives.
Cory Baker is a student planning to crave out a career as a lawyer and eventually become a judge.
"It is a pretty interesting insight into the court system, we've learnt about it a lot in class but never actually seen it in action," said Mr Baker.
"I thought it was really enjoyable to see the actual processes such as an appeal, part of a trial and a local court hearing.
"I want to go into law as a lawyer and hopefully end up a judge. When we go through these roles in class it's definitely something I feel I would like to do."
Fellow year 12 student, Elise Smith would like to make a name as a police prosecutor.
"It gives you good insight if you are thinking about going into the field of law after you finish school," said Ms Smith.
"There are so many pathways in law that it's good to see a little bit of each, so that you can decide which one you like the best.
"Seeing the police station and courts it could be a deciding factor in what I want to do after school. I'd love to be a police prosecutor."
Previous legal studies tours have journeyed to the Maitland Gaol, the Q&A television set, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Downing Centre criminal courts.
Year 12 Legal Studies students of MacKillop College also raise funds for local victims of domestic violence through a school justice fund.
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