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LSAP Workshop Program

Activity code: LAW-03
Year level: 11,12
Target audience: Individual students
Venue: University campus
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If you're a Year 10, 11 or 12 student who has decided on a career in the legal profession, or are thinking seriously about it, this intensive LSAP (Legal Studies & Australian Politics) Workshop Program is for you. It's aimed at developing your confidence in all the different skills you need to succeed, including communication, teamwork and leadership. You'll get insights into studying at university, legal profession career options, and more.

Morning tea and a light lunch is provided.

The 1 or 2 day workshop will be structured as follows:

Going to university and beyond
Hear it from the horse's mouth as LEAP into...Law's own student ambassadors give the lowdown on university study. You’ll discover what it’s like to study at university and what is actually involved in law and politics related courses. Pathways to the legal and political professions (and studying at university) will be discussed. You will also have a chance to meet and hear from current law students. You’ll be able to ask lots of questions. What's uni life actually like? Can I sleep in on Wednesdays? What's a tort?

Law and politics in practice
This is your chance to step into the shoes of a legal and political professional. You may be acting the role of a judge in a sentencing activity, or examining evidence with the police forensic department. Either way, you will pick up some skills to take beyond the workshop.

Life in the law: A guest speaker spectacular
You’ll hear from a number of professionals who work in the law and politics space and can answer your questions about what it’s actually like. They might be a barrister, solicitor, magistrate, police detective or politician. Whatever their role, you’re sure to get some fascinating insights through the eyes of a real legal professional.

For more information contact the LEAP into...Law Team.

Victorian Curriculum links

VCE
Australian and Global Politics, Geography, Legal Studies, Political Studies, Sociology

Check out more information on this website about the law profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Making It Happen
Duration: Whole day
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 160
Min numbers: 50

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events for this activity.

Introduction to the Legal Profession

Activity code: LAW-02
Year level: 7, 8, 9
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School or on university campus
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In this activity, students will gain an overview of the many different aspects of studying and working in and around the law. They will learn about the many different roles within the legal profession, so that they can consider a professional law career and start researching options for law-related studies at university.

In a workshop setting, students will be engaged in short debates, discussions and role playing to explore what law is all about, how we interact with it constantly in our day-to-day lives, and just why some law professionals get around in those Harry Potter cloaks and curly wigs.

We’ll then focus on the criminal law because it is the type of law we see most in our world – in our newspapers, on TV and in movies, in schools, businesses and communities. We’ll start with a factual legal scenario, which might or might not be a crime, which students will have to consider. Working in small groups, students will try to piece together the facts, just like a police detective or lawyer when they are handed a new case file. As we go along they will be introduced to all the different characters and professional roles which this legal scenario would involve - from witnesses and police through to tipstaffs, judges and prison officers. Students will find out what these people do on a day-to-day basis, how their work intersects with everyone else’s.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 7: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9
Year 8: 4, 5, 7, 8
Year 9: 2, 3

Curriculum links

AusVELS
Civics and Citizenship, Levels 3, 4, 5, 6

Check out more information on this website about the law profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the Professions
Duration: 60-90 minutes - negotiable with school to fit school timetable
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 50
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

Next Step Law Workshop

Activity code: LAW-06
Year level: 10, 11, 12
Target audience: School groups
Venue: School or on university campus
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In this more advanced workshop, students will work through a criminal scenario, looking at the evidence and trying to piece together what happened. They will make the calls about what crimes might have been committed and how. They will discover what words like murder, killing, manslaughter, burglary, theft and robbery actually mean within the legal system. Then, assuming they are a lawyer on the case, they will set out to prove the alleged offender guilty or defend them.

Next we step into the “courtroom”, looking at how lawyers examine and cross-examine witnesses and present their case effectively. Students have a chance to apply the law and come up with questions they think should be asked, possible defences to the crime and what information might be the most important to their case, either as prosecutor or the defence. Working in small groups, students will prepare witness questions and a statement to the jury and look at the skills and techniques that might help a lawyer do a good job in the courtroom (and avoid doing a bad one).

Finally, we will look at pathways into studying law and related courses at university, leading to a career in the legal profession. Students will then apply all their experiences of the roles encountered during the workshop, in considering what definite steps they need to take, to pursue a career in the legal profession, as part of their Career Action Plan.

For more information contact the LEAP Team.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

 Year 10: 4, 6, 8
 Year 11: 2, 4, 7, 8
 Year 12: 6

Curriculum links

AusVELs:
Civics and Citizenship, Levels 5, 6, 7

VCE: Legal Studies
Unit 1 Criminal Law in Action, Area of Study 2 and 3
Unit 2: Issues in Civil Law, Area of Study 2
 

Check out more information on this website about the law profession. Discover the skills needed, learn about making the leap to university, read stories from recent graduates and more...

LEAP learning outcomes: Making It Happen
Duration: 1 hour - 1.5 hours
How to participate: Negotiated with school
Max numbers: 60
Min numbers: 25
School Application

If you/your school need support for travel costs to join in this activity,
please read about LEAP travel support before registering.

'Deadly' Law Workshop for Indigenous students

Activity code: LAW-07
Year level: 9-12
Target audience: School groups
Venue: University campus & CBD legal precinct
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'Deadly' Law Workshop

LEAP into...Law has teamed up with the Tarwirri Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria to deliver this exciting new workshop, aimed at Indigenous students in years 9 – 12 with an interest in the legal profession.

2015 'Deadly' Law participants

Your students will learn about university, Indigenous legal issues, and the range of legal profession career opportunities open to them through studying Law. They will engage in fun activities to develop confidence and learn about the skills necessary to succeed in the legal profession. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the courts precinct and law firms.

What will students do in this workshop?

  • Students will meet at Victoria University Law School, in Melbourne's CBD legal precinct,  where they will be greeted by members of Tarwirri. They will hear from a panel of current Indigenous law students and recent graduates working as lawyers. Students will learn about pathways into studying law and the various opportunities available to them in the legal profession.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to take a tour of one of Melbourne’s Courts where they will observe a trial in action and potentially speak to a Judge.
  • We'll also have the opportunity to visit a law office in the Melbourne legal precinct so students can find out what lawyers and other legal professionals really do all day, and ask questions about what their jobs actually involve.

This workshop is best run as a full day event, however the length and content of the workshop can be negotiated with schools

For more information contact the LEAP into...Law team at leapintolaw | at | vu.edu.au.

Careers Curriculum Framework learning outcomes

Year 9: 2, 3
Year 10: 4, 6, 8
Year 11: 2, 4, 7, 8
Year 12: 6

Curriculum links

AusVELs:
Civics and Citizenship, Levels 3,4,5, 6, 7

VCE: Legal Studies
Unit 1 Criminal Law in Action, Area of Study 2 and 3
Unit 2: Issues in Civil Law, Area of Study 2
Unit 4: Resolution and Justice, Area of Study 1 and 2

LEAP learning outcomes: Understanding the professions
Making it happen
Duration: Full day
How to participate: Date specific (see 'Upcoming events' below)
Max numbers: 50

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