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 register your school, please complete an expression of interest form.
Subsidised Schools Visits Programme
Schools 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 the court visits tour fee is covered by the Law Society so there no cost for schools participating in the Programme.
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.
The Cluedunnit Kids Competition provides Year 6 (and 5/6 composite) students with an opportunity to “investigate” a criminal offence with the goal of identifying the offender and submitting their findings to a panel of experts from the legal profession. Students compete against other Year 6 students from schools across Western Australia.
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 Programme established a separate Western Australian Law Week competition named the Cluedunnit Kids Competition
The educational benefits of this project spans all the key learning areas, as children will be learning to develop research, analytical and creative skills; teamwork; argumentative skills in line with NAPLAN; and meet cross-curricula requirements for the Western Australian Curriculum.
The Cluedunnit Kids Competition is particularly relevant to Year 5 and Year 6 Western Australian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship programme.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2018 Cluedunnit Kids Competition Brief
- 2018 Cluedunnit Kids Competition flyer
- 2018 Cluedunnit Kids Competition Introduction
- 2018 Cluedunnit Kids Competition Teacher Guide
2018 Cluedunnit Kids Competition Results
Winning entry: Peter Moyes Anglican Community School and St Lawrence’s Primary School (Bluff Point, Geraldton) (joint winners)
Runner up: Gingin District High School
Ambassador award: Tuart Forest Primary School
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Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme
Legal and civic education resources are available though the Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme. The Law Society prepares these boxes in conjunction with the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, the Parliamentary Education Office and the Electoral Education Centre. The content is focused on the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum for years 4-9.
The box includes:
- ‘Rule or Law?’ card game (years 4-9)
- All Rise: a legal and civics worksheet booklet (years 4-9)
- advice for arranging a visit to the Magistrates Court
- teacher solution packs for each resource
These boxes are available, free of charge, for use by schools in the remote and regional areas of Western Australia for a period of one month. Further information about the Regional and Remote Schools Loan Box Programme can be obtained from the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia.
Youth Civics Leadership Day
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.
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.
2018 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture | The Changing Experience of LGBTQI People with Respect to their Political and Legal Rights in Australia
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 | 5.30pm – 7.00pm | Central Park Conference Centre Theatrette
Presenter: The Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys
Target audience: Year 11 and 12 Politics and Law ATAR course students and teachers
View the event flyer here
Register online at lawsocietywa.asn.au/swl-registration
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 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
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
- host the professional learning events, where possible, at fixed times every year (Week 9 of Term 1 and Week 8 of Term 4)
- hold events that are interactive in nature and include contributions from various agencies
- the events will be full day or half-day workshops
Professional Learning Programme Schedule
Year 3-6 Primary Teachers Civics and Citizenship Professional Learning Day
The Francis Burt Law Education Programme has developed Western Australian focused year 3-6 primary school programmes and resources mapped to the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. This workshop aims to improve primary teachers’ understanding of essential legal principles, court personnel and the Western Australian court hierarchy. Participants also observe a Magistrates Court in session.
Date: Monday, 7 May 2018 (Term 2, Week 2)
Cost: $200 (morning tea and lunch included)
Registrations: Please email a completed registration form to email@example.com no later than Monday, 13 April 2018.
Co-presented by the Law Society and Legal Aid WA, the Hypothetical is a panel discussion of a range of topical hypothetical scenarios concerning youth. Example topics include out of control parties, drug abuse, stealing, high speed car chases, driving without a licence, rights and responsibilities when interacting with police, underage drinking and supply of alcohol to minors.
The Hypothetical targets Year 7-10 students. The scenarios have been developed to give students an understanding of the factors that are considered by the courts, prisons and community services when dealing with young offenders. Members of the panel may include representatives from Legal Aid WA, the Western Australian Police, the Children’s Court of Western Australia, the Juvenile Justice Team and other youth focused community service organisations.
The audience is encouraged to interact with the panel and students are encouraged to bring their own relevant questions and/or scenarios to the event.