Legal Studies workshop day one review
20 April 2013
Day one of the LSAP1 event ran on Saturday 20 April at Victoria University (Melbourne). This was the first part of a three day program.
28 students from 7 schools arrived at Victoria University’s Queen Street campus eager to start the day. After a few ice breaker activities students completed a quiz to test their memory, general knowledge and expertise in the legal and political arenas.
Once in teams, the students completed an entertaining round of “Judge or Actor” as they tried to discern from black and white photographs if people were ‘actors’ or ‘justices of the High Court of Australia’.
Following lunch students were introduced to the various areas of law that can be studied and practised in, from contract and family to alternative dispute resolution. Students were then introduced to basic concepts relating to the Priestley 11, a set of 11 subjects all students completing a formal law qualification must study to be eligible to practise in Australia.
Students also took part in debating workshops and were challenged to speak without notes or much preparation about simple topics, which will lead into more substantial debates later in the program.
The final part of the day was devoted to one of the key parts of a legal professional’s job, negotiation. Acting for various villainous clients from the TV show ‘Captain Planet’, teams had properties and money to trade and negotiate with amongst each other, trying to get the biggest payday for their clients.
A great time was had by all.
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