at London South Bank University (LSBU) had the chance to put their skills to the test by taking part in a mock
trial involving knife crime, with students from Croydon College acting as the jury,
witnesses and defendants. The students used their skills and wits to interview
defendants and witnesses in order to present a convincing case to the jury –
just as they would do in a real courtroom.
The Street Law project allows law students from LSBU
to pass on their knowledge to school and college students, giving them a
greater understanding of everyday legal matters and the potential ramifications
of breaking the law.
The LSBU participants went through a vigorous
interview process with Louise Andronicou, principal lecturer in LSBU's Division of Law, as well as
an intense training session by LSBU's senior law lecturer, Tracey Aquino, on the criminal
process. Participating in the 'Street Law' project allows the students to develop
improved interview techniques and enhanced communication skills which are vital for their
future career in Law.
Andronicou said: "Street Law is a
fabulous project. It motivates and inspires the college students, resulting in
many of them progressing to university to study the law. At the same time, it
provides our LSBU students with essential skills, such as communication and
inter-personal skills, thereby making them even more employable."
Along with the Street Law project, LSBU's Department
of Law – part of the School of Law and Social Sciences - teaches course modules
in school and college classrooms - giving students the opportunity to achieve
university credits while still at school or college.
LSBU provides a free
legal advice service to the general public, staffed by law students working
under the supervision of practising solicitors. LSBU students also work at
Lambeth County Court assisting members of the public with queries.