Taking the law to more students than ever before

In just five months our new schools program, Classroom Law Talks, has successfully reached over 500 students! We launched the new program earlier this year in the regional town of Sale, during one of our Law Talks Intensive programs.

The response from students, teachers and presenters has been extremely positive, with feedback and demand far exceeding our expectations. One student recently told us: “The trip [to Wangaratta County Court] was invaluable for legal studies students as we were able to witness what we had learnt in action and it also increased and broadened our knowledge on the legal system.” – Year 12 Student, Benalla College

Peter Ryan MP and The Honourable P.D. Cummins launch Classroom Law Talks in Sale.

Deputy Premier The Honourable Peter Ryan MP and Foundation Char The Honourable P.D. Cummins launch Classroom Law Talks in Sale.

Classroom Law Talks builds on our existing work connecting students in rural and regional Victoria with the legal profession. It has already seen students from as far away as Mildura, Wodonga and Morwell discussing legal topics with barristers in their own classroom, or visiting their local court to hear from a judge and witness the law in action.

This new program is a valuable addition to our Schools Education Program, which aims to inspire and engage students in the law – something that will hopefully lead to a lifelong interest and understanding of legal issues. The program would not be possible without the generosity of the County Court judges and members of the Victorian Bar who contribute their time for the students.

This fantastic initiative builds on our successful Law Talks Intensive program – a free, two day event for VCE legal studies students that has been running since 2006. Held twice a year in different regional centres around Victoria it provides an interactive addition to the curriculum, otherwise unavailable outside the metropolitan area.

Students taking part in Law Talks, March 2013

Students taking part in Law Talks, March 2013

This week we’re in Warrnambool for the second Law Talks Intensive of the year. With over 300 student from nine surrounding schools attending, we’re well on track to improve Victorian students’ access to the law, right across the state.

For more information on Law Talks, visit our website or contact our Education Coordinator. If you have an idea for a legal project that will help to improve Victorians’ experience and understanding of the law but need funding to make it happen, why not talk to our Grants and Awards Manager to find out if you could be eligible for a grant from us.

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