Future lawyers student program goes online

By Tony Zhang|05 May 2020

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.

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“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.

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“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

 Barker College

 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

 Knox Grammar

 Kooringal High School

 Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School

 Lambton High School

 Loreto Kirribilli

 Lucas Heights Community School

 MacKillop College Port Macquarie

 Maronite College of the Holy Family

 Marsden High School

 Masada College

 Meriden School

 Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

 Montgrove 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

 Oxley College

 Pittwater High School

 Presbyterian Ladies’ College

 Pymble Ladies’ College

 Queenwood School for Girls

 Regents Park Christian School

 Riverside Girls High School

 Santa Sabina College

 Shore School

 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

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