Street Law Arrives at LYIT

First Accredited Street Law Programme at Undergraduate Level in Ireland

Street Law at LYIT_Mar17Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s (LYIT) Street Law programme was recently launched by lecturers Bronagh Heverin and Siobhan Cullen.  The recent orientation/training weekend was brilliantly co-ordinated by Georgetown Law School who are the founders of Street Law - an interactive, learner-centred approach to teaching law.  This is the first dedicated, accredited Street Law programme at undergraduate level in Ireland.

Students from LYIT, NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin were lucky enough to receive their training in the Street Law method by Professor Richard Roe, Director of Street Law Clinic at Georgetown Law School, assisted by his colleagues Dr Sean Arthurs, Street Law Fellow Gharret Favinger and guests.  Professor Roe, who has devoted much of his career to training in Street Law, clearly enjoyed the weekend in Donegal, stating “Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your wonderful students.  The 3 days of training were most uplifting”.

This was an energy-filled, interactive weekend during which law students learned how to teach law using fun activities, based on the Street Law motto “Talk Less, Teach More”.  The Law Society of Ireland were also in attendance to assist.  As pioneers of Street Law in Ireland, their trainee solicitors are also involved in a voluntary Street Law programme which has recently featured in Nationwide on RTÉ.  It was also supported by colleagues from Queen’s University Belfast who assisted LYIT in setting up the programme.

Street Law is gaining momentum internationally, with The Law Society of Scotland having just last month been awarded a European Award for Best Training course for its Street Law programme.

LYIT students are currently teaching law to Transition Year pupils in four Donegal schools - Mulroy College Milford, St Columba’s Glenties, PCC Falcarragh and Errigal College in Letterkenny.  The students gain credits towards their degree as well as valuable teaching experience and a real sense of civic duty.  Siobhan Cullen, Lecturer, states that, “We are very excited about the Street Law project, as are our students who now have an opportunity to develop teaching skills as well as providing a valuable service to the community”.

The project, which is a collaboration between LYIT, who are project leaders, with Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway, is being funded by the National Forum for The Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and has helped to put LYIT firmly on the map as a national leader in the field of clinical legal education.  Bronagh Heverin commented, “It is anticipated that this is only the beginning of the Street Law journey for law students at LYIT - we hope we will bring legal information to a range of schools and community settings in the coming years”.

These law students have had a great start to their Street Law careers, being fortunate enough to receive their training from Georgetown Law School, its founders and the spiritual home of the international Street Law movement. 

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:27:00 GMT


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