LSBU law students visit local schools in a new initiative designed to engage school and college learners with their legal rights and responsibilities
The Street Law project sees law students from London South Bank University help school and college students understand everyday legal matters, and the potential ramifications of breaking the law, by taking part in a mock trial. The scheme is run by LSBU's law department together with its student law society, which has been given a small sum of money by the university for the project.
Mock trial collaboration
In this year's collaboration, Croydon College students donned courtroom wigs and robes as part of a new initiative, designed to engage school and college learners with their legal rights and responsibilities.
"By taking law into the classroom, LSBU law students get the opportunity to engage school and college students with the law and how it affects them," explains Louise Andronicou, senior lecturer in LSBU's law department. "LSBU students participating in the project also get this opportunity to give something back to their community, at the same time improving their legal skills and employability." Last year students visited Newham College, and LSBU hopes to grow the number of colleges that it is working with.
Closest thing to a courtroom experience
"Street Law is my favourite activity organised by LSBU", says James, a Law student at LSBU. "I got the chance to go back to my college to talk to students about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture."
"I loved it," said Atta Saleem, an Access to Law student at Newham college who played the prosecution barrister. "Playing the role of the defence barrister in the mock trial was an amazing, realistic experience and very emotional too, because I was fighting for the freedom of an individual who deserved justice," Atta added.
"It was an excellent, fantastic experience and I would recommend it. It's the closest thing to a courtroom experience without the conviction!" commented Ajeet Singh, an A-level student at the college who played the role of defence barrister. "The LSBU lecturers knew what they were doing and helped us apply the law to our everyday lives. I had an amazing time," said Karran Singh, an A-level student who played the role of the judge.
Along with the Street Law project, LSBU's law department teaches course modules in school and college classrooms - giving students the opportunity to achieve university credits while still at school or college. LSBU's law department also provides a free legal advice service, (The Legal Advice Clinic), to the general public, staffed by law students working under the supervision of practising solicitors.