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Street Law in Action Durban, South Africa August 1- August 12, 2007
Street Law at UKNZ • Street Law is one of three options to fulfill the community service requirement at UKNZ. • David McQuoid- Mason and Ed O’Brien brought Street Law to UKNZ in 1986 as a solution to providing legal skills to law students while teaching lay people in South Africa about democracy. • Street Law has since covered many areas of the law including HIV/AIDS.
What is Street Law? • Street Law is a preventative legal education program which utilizes the skills of law students to educate lay people about how the law works and can work for them . • Innovated at Georgetown Law Centre in 1972, the Street Law program has been adapted in various forms world wide. • Forms include: Community Service, Credit-based extra curricular, Clinical Program.
Win-Win Situation? • The Program demands that law students integrate their understanding of legal principles with the practical demands of the profession such as developing strong communication and presentation skills. • Additionally the program serves the public by paving an avenue for access to justice.
Requirements and Skills • 25 Lessons in the community. Communication, Critical thinking, Social Consciousness, Ethics • Twice Weekly Seminars Apply Knowledge, Simulations • Mock Trial Package Trial Advocacy • Reflective Journals Writing, Analyzing, Internalizing
Student Survey • Most Important Skill: Communication • Social awareness increased while professional plans stayed the same (83%) • Learned more than they thought
Application to Carnegie • Skills Training • Assessment • Ethics • Social Consciousness
Challenges for U.S. Institutions • Perceive as a legal skills initiative, not just a community service program. • Seeing social consciousness as a requirement of the profession