Students Take Legal Knowledge to the Streets of North Wales
Two Bangor Law students have established a community-based initiative designed to improve legal understanding and advice amongst local people.
The brainchild of Iwan Emlyn Jones and Joshua Simpson, second year Law and Law with Business students respectively, Street Law aims to distribute useful legal knowledge to people in the local communities who would not normally have easy access to the legal issues and information that might affect them. The project sees Bangor Law students delivering interactive presentations on topics including Criminal Law, Consumer Law and Employment Law free of charge to organisations such as Youth Clubs, the WI and secondary schools.
Iwan and Joshua conceived the idea following a BPP open day in Manchester, feeling that there could be more provisions available to Law students considering careers away from the legal industry, in areas such as education. The project is an excellent opportunity for students to develop presentation, research, team work and public speaking skills – all highly sought-after skills in any field of employment. It also serves as an educational aid by enabling students to apply what they have learnt during the course of their studies in a practical and non-legal environment.
Student Director Joshua, from Anglesey, said: “During our trial run this semester, we have had over 20 students take part. Next year we will be promoting the project to all three years and we hope to have even more students participating”. Speaking of their first ever appointment, co-Student Director Iwan, from Caernarfon, added: “Street Law had great success at its first Consumer Law presentation to the WI in Menai Bridge (on Anglesey) – they want us back in September! This year has been all about trialling the project and we hope to get it off the ground properly in the new academic year.”
Publication date: 3 May 2011