Streetlaw

Streetlaw is a legal education project aimed at improving access to justice by demystifying areas of law that affect the wider community.

Students work in teams to prepare and deliver interactive presentations to school children and community groups about their legal rights and responsibilities.

Streetlaw presentations can take place in a number of settings including primary and secondary schools, prisons, homeless shelters and charities who help victims of domestic violence. The topics can vary enormously and can include police powers, knife crime and family law issues.

The Streetlaw project is a great way of picking up or honing skills like public speaking, team work and drafting presentations, which you would definitely use if you plan to work as a solicitor or a barrister. It provides a great feeling of accomplishment as well, as you are giving legal knowledge to people who need it the most, free of charge. It is a great way of giving back to the community and making your CV stand out simultaneously. Highly recommended.

Sartaz Billing

Second year Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons)

Streetlaw for Refugee Week

Students recently prepared and delivered a presentation for Islington Refugee Forum at Islington Town Hall as part of Refugee Week.



Streetlaw students are also working with Future Living Hertford to deliver presentations on issues relevant to the victims of domestic violence.

Role of student volunteers

Students meet with schools and other community groups to discuss the types of presentations which would be appropriate for their needs. Students then prepare the sessions, carrying out legal research on the agreed topic and preparing an interactive presentation with input and advice from a member of staff.

The presentations are designed to encourage the audience to engage and think about the concepts and develop a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the law.

The sessions often include practical exercises, role play and quizzes and are delivered by students in groups of 2 or 3.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build their confidence and develop the kinds of skills valued by employers such as communication, networking and legal research.

Commitment requirement

Students will be expected to commit 3 to 4 hours a week during term time.

Person specification

We welcome applications from all Hertfordshire Law School students including LLB, LPC and Criminology students.

Application procedure

We will next be recruiting for volunteers in September 2019.

Book a presentation

If you would like to book a presentation for your school or community group please email probono@herts.ac.uk with your enquiry.