Street Law provides highly-participatory, law-focused education to school pupils over a period of six to eight weeks while also contributing to the professional development of Scots Law students. The law students themselves design and deliver classes about the law and the legal process which also cover the knowledge and skills that school pupils can use to recognise, prevent and in some cases, resolve legal problems. The course is grounded in the experience of the young people - it is a course in practical law.
Street Law lessons are characterised by rich legal content examining practical law, legal policy and the constitution. Lessons focus not only on what the law is but crucially, begin the discussion of ‘what the law ought to be’. The classes use the pupils’ inherent interest in law and their own experiences, to develop high-level cognitive, literacy and interpersonal skills. The programme is covered in more depth in the document: ‘Street Law Curriculum and the Curriculum For Excellence’.
In early 2014/15, Street Law was piloted in five schools in Glasgow. Interest in the project quickly grew and we were soon in many more schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Aberdeen and South Ayrshire. Moving into our sixth Street Law year, we continue to work with many of our pilot schools as well as new schools in these areas, Dundee and also Fife for the first time.
If your school, or local authority, would like to discuss being involved with Street Law or If you would like to see example lesson plans created by law students please contact Lyndsey Thomson at the Law Society of Scotland (LyndseyThomson@lawscot.org.uk).
"Trainers were fantastic! Very professional and at the standard you would expect from a teaching member of staff"
"The trainers were very well prepared and professional. The Higher class of 28 pupils were a particularly responsive and vocal group. An excellent experience for all, thank you!"
"Excellent experience for all young people concerned. Pupils were motivated and engaged. Wide variety of different issues explored. Well done and a big thank you!"
"It was great to have a former pupil return to Harlaw Academy as part of the Street Law programme! This was our first experience of Street Law and our senior pupils were very receptive to the programme. Five from the class have been inspired into considering studying law and a career in the legal profession"
Street Law is currently supported by Pinsent Masons. If your organisation is interested in supporting this fantastic programme through a sponsorship partnership, please contact Charlotta Cederqvist on 0131 476 8166 or at email@example.com