What is Street law?
Street law is one form of public legal education (PLE). The premise underpinning PLE is that people who have even a basic understanding of their legal rights and duties, the way the legal system works and how to access legal advice will be better able to identify and resolve the legal problems they may encounter in the future.
PLE is therefore an important aspect of pro bono activity and relies on core legal skills: the ability to research and communicate complex legal ideas in a way that can be easily understood by a lay audience.
So, by participating in street law you will be engaging in worthwhile pro bono projects and, in doing so, you will be developing important professional skills.
(Open Justice, 2018)
STREETLAW SCHOOLS PROJECT
(OULS AND OPEN JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT)
What is the Student-led Street law Project?
Student-led projects is an initiative which has been set up to support you to mobilise fellow students to take action for a good cause.
This scheme could be for you if:
- You have a connection with a local school or community group.
- You want to utilize your legal skills in an alternative way, while addressing the
need for PLE.
How the OULS and Open Justice can help...?
- Support throughout the application process.
- Support for you in communicating with your local school, planning and developing a successful presentation.
- Support from the Law Society to spread the word and recruit other law students for your presentation.
- Support on the day by an experienced Street law presenter and take photos
of your project in action! Which will be great for both skill development and
experience, and also very rewarding!
So, if you...
- Are a current law student or alumni
- A member of the OULS
- Are interested in pro bono work
- Have a connection with a local school of group or want to take part in a
- Then we want YOU to apply!