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 .

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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 FBLEP tour fee is covered thanks to Curtin University Law School which partners 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’s Francis Burt Law Education Programme at schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au to express your interest in a subsidised school visit if you think your school or community organisation might be eligible.

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Cluedunnit Kids

Cluedunnit Kids addresses WA Curriculum General Capabilities and provides an opportunity for students to apply the core HaSS Skills.

Year 6 and Year 5/6 student teams 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 the other suspects. Each team then creates and submits their findings in a creative way of their choosing.

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Teacher Comments

  • As our first time entering the competition the students love the idea of solving a crime. The teamwork and problem-solving and analytical skills were tested and developed. Engagement and enthusiasm were high.
  • It’s fun as well as challenging. It links well to the year 6 curriculum providing a reason to investigate our system of law and order.
  • Critical and creative thinking skill development. Ability to work as a group. Fun and motivating.

2021 Cluedunnit Kids Winning Team and Judges

2021 Cluedunnit Kids Runner Up Team and Judges

2021 Cluedunnit Kids Ambassador School Representatives and Judges

History

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 to establish a Western Australian competition.

In 2016, the Francis Burt Law Education Programme launched an independent Western Australian Law Week initiative named Cluedunnit Kids.

2022 Cluedunnit Kids

Cost: Free
Year Level: Year 6 or split 5/6 classes
Flyer
Registrations:
Online registration form
Brief of evidence posted: Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Submissions close: Friday, 27 May 2022
For more information please contact: schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au or (08) 9324 8686

Resources

2021 Cluedunnit Kids Award Winners

  • Winning Team: The Inspectigators, Our Lady of Grace
  • Runner-Up Team: The JTC Super Snoopers, John XXIII College
  • Ambassador School Award Winner: Maylands Peninsula Primary School

2021 Cluedunnit Kids Winning Entry: Our Lady of Grace 

2021 Cluedunnit Kids Runner up Entry: John XXIII College 

2021 Ambassador School Entry: Maylands Peninsula Primary School


Previous Cluedunnit Kids Winners

  • 2021: Our Lady of Grace
  • 2020: Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
  • 2019: St Lawrence’s Primary School, Geraldton
  • 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.

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2021 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture | The Perils of Independence: The Australian Human Rights Commission’s role in protecting human rights in Australia

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, Australian Human Rights Commission, President

Lecture Descriptor: A case study of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s role in protecting human rights in Australia, including the rights engaged in the Bringing Them Home inquiry inclusive of:

  • The ways that political freedom and other freedoms are protected in Australia’s framework;
  • How commitments made through international treaties are translated into laws in Australia (domestic implementation);
  • The gaps that are left without domestic implementation ; and
  • The lack of a federal Human Rights Act and the case for such protection.

Date: Wednesday, 4 August 2021
Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
Venue: State Library Theatre
Cost: Free

Lecture paper

Lecture video

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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 Day – November 2021

This professional learning day will address some of the challenging Year 11-12 Politics and Law syllabus items with stakeholders sharing their professional knowledge and experience through presentations that will include opportunities for Q&A and take away resources for teachers. A panel discussion will round out the day. The panellists will include significant stakeholders from the legal profession, judiciary and/or the political sphere.

Educators attending this event will receive a certificate of participation as a record and evidence of participation in professional learning as per the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia requirements.

“Really enjoyed the day, all the speakers were very engaging, and their ability to tailor content to the Year 11 and 12 syllabus was very helpful. Resources provided will also be handy throughout next year and beyond. Very impressed.” 2020 Year 11-12 Politics and Law Teacher Professional Learning Day participant

“Excellent PD – Far and away the most relevant and interesting professional development I have been involved in.”  2020 Year 11-12 Politics and Law Teacher Professional Learning Day participant

Date: Monday, 29 November 2021
Schedule: 9am to 3.05pm
Fee: $330 GST inc (Morning tea and lunch included)
Venue: TBC – central city location
Register and pay online
Registrations close: Monday, 22 November 2022
Further details: schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Year 11-12 Politics and Law Teacher Professional Learning – On Demand Seminar Package

High Court of Australia: Three Contemporary Matters

A professional learning on demand seminar package for Year 11-12 Politics and Law teachers to access as many times as they like at their own convenience. The package is made up of three video presentations on three contemporary High Court of Australia matters. A PowerPoint executive summary is also provided for each presentation. Each presentation will address the following:

  • Parties to the matter
  • Issues disputed between the parties and other matters of relevance
  • Timeline of the matter
  • Grounds for appeal to the High Court
  • Party submissions during the High Court hearing
  • High Court judgement findings
  • Matters raised resulting from the judgment

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 John 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.

Presenters: 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.

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

Date (package posted online): Wednesday, 8 July 2020 – the package will be exclusively accessible to teachers that register and they will be able to access the package as many times as they like at their own convenience.
Cost: $165 GST inc
Registrations essential: Register and pay online