Street Law is an approach to legal education where law students teach law at grassroots level. As part of the Street Law Advanced Lawyering Project, four final year Law Plus students (Emmet Collopy, Clodagh Dunne, Nicole Cumiskey and Niamh Kennedy) taught law at a local DEIS secondary school, CBS Sexton Street, over the Spring semester 2017/18.
Before commencing their teaching, the law students were provided with training in the learner-centred, non-directional teaching methods used in Street Law. The training was provided by Dr Lydia Bracken who organised and supervised the project. After their training, the law students subsequently worked in pairs to deliver Street Law classes at the secondary school over a five-week period. Each student delivered one 40 minute teaching session that they had devised themselves according to Street Law teaching methodology. During the final week of the programme, the secondary school students visited the UL campus for their final class, which was delivered by all of the law students working together to prepare the secondary school students to undertake the roles of lawyers, judges, jury and witnesses as part of a hypothetical court case, known as a “mock trial”. The secondary school students subsequently ran their mock trial in UL’s purpose-built moot court room. This exercise allowed the secondary school students to apply the skills they had learned over the course of the programme in a practical and realistic manner. The law students were assessed based on submission of written lesson plans (40% of final grade), their teaching and participation (20%), and submission of reflective essays (40%). The project was supported by funding from the AHSS Faculty Teaching Board Fund.
Further information about the project can be found here: https://www.ul.ie/engage/sites/default/files/2018%20No%2041%20Street%20Law.pdf