- AccessSolicitor offers LiS pro bono marketing support
- Join Lawyers in Schools on twitter
- Pro Bono Week Breakfast Q&A - 5/11/13
- Lawyers in Schools Evaluation Report 2012/13 out now!
- Victory! The citizenship curriculum is improved!
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AccessSolicitor offers LiS pro bono marketing support Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
ACCESSSOLICITOR.COM, an online legal directory of nearly 13,000 lawyers, has teamed up with Lawyers in Schools as part of its long-term commitment to ensure the British public understand their legal rights.
Warren Smith, founder and Chief Executive of ACCESSSOLICITOR.COM said, “Lawyers in School is an amazing initiative and we are extremely proud to be involved.
“One of the reasons I set up AccessSolicitor.com is because I passionately believe accessing legal services should be straight-forward and transparent. Looking for a lawyer can be daunting at best and intimidating at worst, and our business is designed to change that.
“But we also need to better educate our young people about the profession, how it works and what it means to them. That is why we have happily agreed to provide pro bono marketing support for the Citizenship Foundation’s Lawyers in Schools programme.”
Lawyers in Schools is a unique education programme led by employee volunteers that increases young people’s awareness and understanding of the law. It brings together local secondary schools, predominately in economically deprived areas, with firms, in-house legal teams and barristers’ chambers to gives students the chance to engage with lawyers on legal issues that are relevant to their lives.
Lawyers in Schools, Project Manager Emma Watts said, “We are passionate about bringing the law to life for young people. Working with partners across the profession is key to engaging students in the law, and we are thrilled that AccessSolicitor.com has agreed to support us."
"With reductions in Legal Aid, it is now more important than ever for citizens to know their legal rights and responsibilities. Lawyers in Schools is aiming to expand the programme across the UK so that children across the country are taught how to engage with the legal system we live in. AccessSolicitor’s support will help us to reach more firms to tell them about this great programme and how they can get involved.”
Warren Smith added: “The legal profession is undergoing radical change and engagement with young people is more important than ever before.”
Join Lawyers in Schools on twitter Tuesday, 19th November 2013
Since August of this year Lawyers in Schools has had a twitter account. We may only have a humbling 160 odd followers, but day by day this figure is creeping up.
Follow us as we tweet about legal, educational and CSR news on a frequent basis throughout the week.
We look forward to interacting with you!
Pro Bono Week Breakfast Q&A - 5/11/13 Tuesday, 22nd October 2013
Join us on Tuesday morning, the 5th of November between 8:30 - 10:30, for an informal breakfast Q&A session. The Lawyers in Schools team will all be present and happy to answer any questions - from time commitment, to training, to how to develop a deeper relationship with your partner school. It's a great, pressure-free opportunity to meet the team and learn more about how you can get involved with this great programme. Drop in by yourself or with a colleague any time between 8:30 and 10:30 and stay for as long or as little as you like.
For more details, please contact Emma Watts, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the events section of www.probonouk.net.
Lawyers in Schools Evaluation Report 2012/13 out now! Friday, 13th September 2013
We are pleased to announce that the 2012/13 Lawyers in Schools evaluation report is now available. The report highlights the impacts the programme makes on all that take part and showcases the development and growth that the programme has gone through over the past year.
Lawyers in Schools continues to exceed its aims of raising young people’s awareness and understanding of the law and developing their legal capability: Students and volunteers also benefit from the programme in a host of other ways including skills development, raising student aspirations and by providing networking opportunities for volunteers and organisations. These are a few examples, but as the report shows, the list goes on.
Two of our favourite statistics - that over a third of students’ favourite part of the sessions was the discussions with the legal professionals and that 63% most enjoyed working with the volunteers because of their knowledge - demonstrates the value that the volunteers bring to the Lawyers in Schools programme. It is their knowledge, experience and anecdotes which bring law to life, helping the students to learn and feel inspired.
It was also wonderful to hear that by working in partnership with one or more of their clients on the Lawyers in Schools programme, our partner organisations have been able to strengthen key client relationships and generate further business opportunities.
‘Our relationship with the client has moved on and is definitely stronger. It also led to the generation of new work for the firm.’ Volunteer Coordinator, CMS Cameron McKenna.
The report also highlights our international work and the exciting opportunity that we are offering to organisations to get involved with Lawyers in Schools expansion and growth in Europe. For more information about this, please contact Emma Watts - Project Manager
The full evaluation report can be found by following the link below
Victory! The citizenship curriculum is improved! Thursday, 12th September 2013
Lawyers in Schools is one of the flagship legal education programmes of the Citizenship Foundation, but we also do much more. The Citizenship Foundation has campaigned for more than 3 years for citizenship to stay on the national curriculum. We worked through Democratic Life, a coalition spearheaded by Liz Moorse, a Citizenship Foundation trustee.
Many supporters joined us in giving evidence to the various consultations- and we were all still lobbying hard right up until last month for important improvements to the draft curriculum.
Our efforts have paid off!
The final citizenship curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4 includes specific changes that we called for:
- Explicit reference to Human Rights and the United Nations
- More prominent reference to democracy, public institutions, and the role of voluntary groups in society.
- Stronger references to active citizenship, rather than simply 'volunteering'
- Financial education widened to include how public money is raised and spent
- Clearer progression between key stages
It's been hard work and we'll continue to push for citizenship education in primary schools (see our Go Givers project for a great example of primary citizenship education in action), but we're thrilled to see so many of our suggested improvements represented.
If you'd like to get involved in bringing Citizenship Education to life for secondary school students through Lawyers in Schools - making it active, transformative and fun! - please contact us for more details.