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Law 234 - Independent Socio-Legal Practice

(Half Unit in 1st Term)

Convenor

Dr Israel Butler

This module will run be run jointly by the Law School and the Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU). Students will be placed by LUVU with an organisation enabling them to work on socio-legal issues. This may include (but is not limited to) work: with a Citizen's Advice Bureau as an advisor (offering legal advice after receiving training) or within the social policy forum (tackling social issues of local concern); with a Youth Offending Team (participating in the rehabilitation of a young offender); with local schools (running law workshops inside local schools and in the university for local schools as part of a 'Streetlaw' programme). Students will normally receive training from LUVU to prepare them for the responsibilities of a work environment during term 1, and will then be placed during term 2. The minimum time requirement for this module is a placement of 10 weeks, with four hours per week at the organisation in question, or equivalent. Placements made with certain organisations may require a commitment from the student going beyond 10 weeks. Students will be able to develop their teamwork and interpersonal skills as well as learning how to deal with responsibility and use their initiative and imagination. The module requires a serious commitment from students but is immensely rewarding and enlightening.
Available to second year students only.

Assessment

5000 word essay/report(60%)

work log (15%)

oral presentation (25%)

Background Reading

Pro bono work (general): http://www.probonouk.net/ ; http://lawworks.org.uk/

Youth offending teams: http://www.yjb.gov.uk/en-gb/yjs/YouthOffendingTeams/

Citizens' Advice Bureau: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Streetlaw UK : http://www.probonogroup.org.uk/lawworks/law_schools/Streetlaw%20Handbook.doc

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