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Schools compete in legal skills

Schools compete in legal skills

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Students from two Sydney high schools are set to fight it out tonight using their best legal skills.

STUDENTS from two Sydney high schools are set to defend their state title at the 2009 NSW SCRAM Grand Final tonight.

The SCRAM competition - Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation - is a program run by the NSW Law Society, and is aimed at giving students from years 9 and 10 the opportunity to develop and practise their co-operative problem solving skills.

Senior vice president of the NSW Law Society, Mary Macken, said the SCRAM program allows students to develop, refine and practise their problem solving skills at a young age.

"Mediation techniques can be useful in situations we face in our daily lives. Whether it is dealing with disputes at home or at school, the students participating in this competition are taught that mediation resolves conflict, not violence," Macken said.

The competition requires students to perform role plays and mediate before a team of adjudicators, who score each student on their ability to identify issues in a dispute, consider the options and work towards a mutual agreement for all parties. This year the state final will revolve around the topic of cyber bullying.

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