Future lawyers student program goes online
Students from more than 60 schools across the state are taking part in a new online program for future lawyers, developed by the Law Society of NSW, in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
With a total of 650 students participating in The Future Lawyers Program, the program has been developed as an alternative to the traditional Mock Law programs with a focus on attending the program from home.
President of the Law Society of NSW, Richard Harvey, said The Future Lawyers Program provides year 10 and 11 students with an opportunity to learn from experienced and knowledgeable solicitors within the comfort of their own home.
“When it became clear that law society’s face-to-face Mock Law programs would be impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions we moved quickly to create a new online format for high school students,” Mr Harvey said.
“During these uncertain times it is important to ensure we adapt to our current environment and create new opportunities for students considering a career in the law.”
The Future Lawyers Program will run over six weeks with different topics and lecturers and concludes in June 2020.
The program is an online initiative created for students to observe and learn from the comfort of their homes.
The Future Young Lawyers Program will be implemented to cover the weeks the Mock Law programs are offline, with an opportunity for students to learn from experienced and knowledgeable solicitors.
Spanning a six-week lecture schedule, topics covered include an introduction to Australian legal systems, advocacy, law reform, policy and ethics, as well as mock trial topics to keep teams on their toes.
“At the end of each week a quiz will be sent to participants and the results tallied,” Mr Harvey said.
“After the six-week program concludes we will be announcing the student with the highest overall quiz score.
“All students that complete the program will receive a participation certificate and the student with the highest overall quiz score will receive a further ‘top student’ certificate.”
Mr Harvey said The Future Lawyers Program is being provided free of charge for all schools and students.
“My thanks to those solicitors who have volunteered their time to assist in delivering this program and are generously imparting their knowledge and experience to the next generation of lawyers,” he said.
Lawyers Weekly understands the schools participating in The Future Lawyers Program are:
All Saints Catholic College, Casula
All Saints College, Maitland
Baulkham Hills High School
Bega High School
Blue Mountains Grammar School
Brigidine College, St Ives
Caringbah High School
Charlton Christian College
Cumberland High School
Danebank Anglican School for Girls
Emmaus Catholic College
Epping Boys High School
Good Samaritan Catholic College, Hinchinbrook
Granville Boys High School
International Grammar School
James Ruse Agricultural High School
Kirrawee High School
Kooringal High School
Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School
Lambton High School
Lucas Heights Community School
MacKillop College Port Macquarie
Maronite College of the Holy Family
Marsden High School
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
Mount Annan Christian College
Normanhurst Boys High School
North Sydney Girls High School
Oak Hill College
Orara High School
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta
Pittwater High School
Presbyterian Ladies’ College
Pymble Ladies’ College
Queenwood School for Girls
Regents Park Christian School
Riverside Girls High School
Santa Sabina College
St Andrew’s Cathedral School
St Catherine’s School, Waverley
St Clare’s College, Waverley
St Edwards College
St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar
St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox College
St Ursula’s College, Kingsgrove
Sydney Boys High School
The Illawarra Grammar School
The Ponds High School
The Scots College Sydney
Trinity Catholic College Lismore
Turramurra High School
Warners Bay High School