Lawyer Visits to Schools Network

Lawyer visits to schools is an initiative of the Law Society and is coordinated by the Francis Burt Law Education Programme. The aim is to increase student awareness of the law, legal principles and the court system in Western Australia. The visits provide an exciting opportunity for the legal profession to engage with students and teachers in the community.

Requests for volunteer lawyer visits are initiated by schools and the Law Society circulates the request to members who may be able to accept the request on a volunteer basis. Volunteer lawyers visit schools free of charge and present to students on a topic requested by the teacher that initiates the request. Please see the frequently asked questions for more information.

To request a lawyer visit to your school visit, please complete the online expression of interest form or read our flyer for more information.

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Subsidised Schools Visits Programme

Schools with and ICSEA value of 1,000 or less and community organisations that may lack the financial resources to participate in the Francis Burt Law Education Programme are invited to participate in the Subsidised School Visits Programme.

The cost of bus hire and/or the court visit tour fee is covered thanks to the WA law faculties that partner in this initiative.

The programme for groups participating in the Subsidised School Visits Programme adapts according to the needs of each group and may include an empty court activity, observing a court in session, an improvised or scripted court scenario and/or question and answer sessions with invited guests.

Please contact the Law Society to express your interest in the Programme if your school or community organisation lacks the financial resources to facilitate a visit.

Sponsored by

Curtin University
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

Cluedunnit Kids

Year 6 and Year 5/6 student teams to investigate a fictional criminal offence with the goal of identifying the prime suspect. A brief of evidence provides clues and students ask questions to get further evidence to identify the prime suspect and eliminate other suspects. Each team creates and submits their findings in a creative way of their choosing. Experts from the legal profession review the top ten submissions using the following criteria: Correct identification of suspect, Supporting evidence and Creativity. Students compete against other Year 6 students from schools across Western Australia.

Proudly sponsored by 

Curtin University

2019 Cluedunnit Kids Winning Team

2019 Cluedunnit Kids Runner Up Team and Judges

2019 Cluedunnit Kids Ambassador School recipients and Judges

Belmont Local Court in New South Wales established the Law Week Clued up Kids Competition in 2009. In 2014 and 2015, the Francis Burt Law Education Programme worked with the New South Wales coordinator for the Western Australian competition.

In 2016, the Francis Burt Law Education Programme established a separate Western Australian Law Week competition named the Cluedunnit Kids Competition.

Cluedunnit Kids addresses WA Curriculum General Capabilities: Literacy, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability and Ethical Understanding. The Competition provides engaging and enjoyable opportunities for students to apply the core WA Curriculum HaSS Skills: Questioning and Researching, Analysing, Evaluating and Communicating and Reflecting.

All students receive a certificate of participation and a commemorative gift.

Participation is free and schools register online: click here to register.

Closing date for submissions extended to 4pm Wednesday, 17 June 2020.

Resources

2019 Cluedunnit Kids Awards

  • Winning Team: SLPS Time for Arrest, St Lawrence’s Primary School, Geraldton
  • Runner-Up Team: The Iona Team, Iona Presentation College
  • Ambassador School Award Winner: Bicton Primary School

2019 Cluedunnit Kids Winning Entry: St Lawrence’s Primary School

2019 Cluedunnit Kids Runner up Entry: Iona Presentation College

Previous Cluedunnit Kids Winners

  • 2018: Peter Moyes Anglican Community School and St Lawrence’s Primary School, Geraldton (Joint Winners)
  • 2017: St Brigid’s School, Collie
  • 2016: Wanneroo Primary School

Youth Civics Leadership Day

As a part of Law Week the Law Society invites schools to nominate two Year 10 students, who have demonstrated leadership skills and/or civics awareness within their school and/or community, to participate in the Youth Civics Leadership Day Law Week event.

Participants take part in a one-day leadership skills and civics awareness event at the Old Court House Law Museum in Perth. The event enhances the leadership skills and civics awareness that the participants have already displayed within their school and community.

Participants meet and interact with other like-minded students and young professionals from the legal profession during the day. The Programme includes a session on civic awareness and the law, a leadership skills workshop and a presentation from a motivational speaker. During the luncheon, participants have the opportunity to interact with young lawyers from a number of diverse organisations A Supreme Court Judge presents students with a Certificate of Participation at the end of the event

Participation is by invitation only.

Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture

Established in 1989, the Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture provides an opportunity for a person learned in the law and familiar with the public face of law to address issues of relevance to the Year 11-12 Politics and Law curriculum in a public forum.

Proudly supported by

Murdoch University

2020 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture | Kids in Jail: Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Australia

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture will be presented online.  The Lecture will be pre-recorded and posted online on 18 August. Then the following day a live Webinar Q&A with the Presenter is scheduled.

Presenter: Ms Pauline Wright, Law Council of Australia, President

Lecture Descriptor: Prison should not be a rite of passage for any child. Yet, in Australia, children as young as 10 can be imprisoned. This topic presents an overview of what has become a national tragedy in this country and why all levels of government – state, territory and federal – have been called upon to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 14, bringing Australia into line with international human rights standards.

Online Lecture: To be posted online on Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Live Webinar Q&A: 4.30pm to 5.15pm (AWST) Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Cost: Free
Registrations: Essential to receive online Lecture and Webinar Q&A access permissions
Register online: https://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/swl-registration/
Registrations close: 4.30pm (AWST) Friday, 14 August 2020
Flyer: 2020 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture

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Previous presenters include:

  • Sir Ronald Wilson
  • the Right Honourable Lord MacKay of Clashfern
  • the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen
  • Professor Rod Morgan
  • the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen
  • Professor George Winterton
  • the Hon Justice Michael Kirby
  • the Hon Justice Alastair Nicholson
  • the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys
  • the Honourable Richard McGarvie
  • Her Honour Justice Carmel McLure
  • Father Frank Brennan AO
  • Chief Judge Antoinette Kennedy
  • Professor David Weisbrot
  • the Honourable Justice Robert French (as he then was)
  • Professor Greg Craven
  • the Hon Justice Michael Barker
  • the Hon Justice Michael Murray
  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington
  • Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
  • Ms Tammy Solonec
  • Winthrop Professor Stephen Smith
  • Mr Greg McIntyre SC
  • Ms Bronwyn Bell
  • Mr Tim Macknay

The Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture is directed at Year 11-12 Politics and Law students and teachers, however the profession are also invited to this popular lecture. A mix of secondary students, law students, members of the general public and members of the legal profession (including the Judiciary) are often present at the lecture.

To download past lecture papers and videos please visit Education Resources.

Professional Development for Teachers and Other Professionals

The Law Society is committed to delivering professional learning opportunities that are meaningful and useful for teachers and other professionals. The Law Society aims to:

  • present two professional learning events every year
  • hold events that are interactive in nature and include contributions from various agencies
  • the events will be full day or half-day workshops

Year 11-12 Politics and Law Teacher Professional Learning – Online Seminar

High Court of Australia: Three Contemporary Matters

A professional learning online seminar for Year 11-12 Politics and Law Teachers to access at their convenience. The package is made up of three presentations on three contemporary High Court matters. An executive summary is also provided for each presentation.

Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia – May 2020

This matter relates to the release of hundreds of letters between the Queen and former Governor General Sir Joh Kerr before the dismissal of the Whitlam government. Professor Jenny Hocking, a political historian, sought the release of those documents held by the National Archives of Australia.

Presenter: Mr Richard Douglas, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers and Ms Katja Levy, Barrister and Solicitor, Rossello Chambers

Smethurst & Anor v Commissioner of Police & Anor – April 2020

This matter raises freedom of the press issues in Australia resulting from an AFP raid on a journalist’s home.

Presenter: Ms Patricia Femia, Assistant State Counsel, State Solicitor’s Office

Comcare v Banerji – August 2019

This matter relates to a Federal Government public servant being terminated from her role for posting negative comments on Federal Govt policies and representatives on Twitter using a pseudonym.

Presenter: Ms Katja Levy, Barrister and Solicitor, Rossello Chambers and Mr Richard Douglas, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Date (package posted online): Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Cost: $165 GST inc
Registrations essential: Register and pay online at https://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/pltpld-registration/