Lawyers in Schools is a skills based employee volunteering programme run by the Citizenship Foundation.
The scheme places practising and trainee lawyers into the classroom to work with young people to develop their awareness and understanding of the law. Lawyers in Schools facilitates links between legal professionals and secondary schools, mainly in economically deprived areas. It provides an opportunity for lawyers and trainees to discuss and explore various legal issues.
This unique opportunity draws on the core skills and knowledge of legal professionals and the Citizenship Foundation's expertise in educational partnerships. It offers clear educational benefits to young people and enables volunteers to gain a real insight into the lives and issues that affect young people in their local community. The scheme has been running successfully since 1999 with law firms and in-house legal teams working with local secondary schools across the UK.
The London office has just come to the end of the 2014/15 Lawyers in Schools programme which was delivered by 24 volunteers (including 10 in-house lawyers from EE).
In the 2014/15 academic year, volunteers from Bird & Bird have delivered sessions to students at Central Foundation Girls’ School on: Learning about the Law, Employment Law, Consumer Law, Social Media and the Law, Youth Justice and Applying the Law.
Peter Brownlow, one of our partners, commented:
"The Lawyers in Schools programme was a real eye opener for me. It was refreshing how engaged the students were and discussing law with young people from different religious and social backgrounds was an interesting challenge. I also enjoyed working with colleagues and the lawyers at Everything Everywhere in a non-legal environment. I will be signing up again next year
James Blendis, EE:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for all of our lawyers, we are really pleased to be involved, and the feedback from the team has shown how much they’ve enjoyed the experience and how much they’ve learnt from it. Looking forward to continuing the programme and hopefully involving our Bristol office as well in the future
Charlie Klendjian, EE:
"Raising awareness of legal rights and responsibilities amongst young people is vital, so it has been a pleasure to have taken part in this excellent programme. I have been impressed with the quality of the discussions and the questions, although I wasn’t sure how to respond when asked, “yes, but are you a proper lawyer?”. Hopefully I’ll have an answer before next year’s programme
Matthew Redding, EE:
"I have really enjoyed working with Lawyers in Schools. It is a very well organised programme and the quality of resource that it provides means that I can focus my energy on engaging with the young people – and that is a very rewarding experience indeed. I look forwards to signing up again next year