Practical learning opportunities are a priority at Leeds Law School
A group of 19 students from Leeds Law School were recently given a CV-boosting opportunity to participate in the School’s first Street Law project since Covid, visiting local colleges to deliver sessions on social media and the law.
In March 2023, students from all levels visited Thomas Rotherham College, Aquinas College, Longley Park Sixth Form College and the Hunslet Club to teach young people about responsible use of social media and what can constitute a criminal offence. They were expertly supervised by Suzanna Neal from New York Law School.
Student Kitty Rose visited Aquinas College. She said of the experience: “Street Law was such a rewarding opportunity - I could really tell that we were inspiring students to start thinking about how the law applies to every aspect of their daily lives. My public speaking skills and confidence improved greatly from this experience.”
Reece Collier added: “The Street Law programme has been invaluable for progressing skills applicable to any career. It was expertly led and I’d encourage others to sign up in the future.”
Jacob Zbos summed up: “It was truly rewarding to be able to use the legal knowledge I have gained during my degree in a practical setting to help teach others about the potential offences surrounding social media. I highly recommend that anyone who has the chance should take advantage of this project.”
Meanwhile, another group of students expertly represented the University’s Law Clinic at Leeds homeless charity, St. George's Crypt, offering free legal advice to those who need it most. They delivered an insightful session on employability rights to over 20 of the Crypt’s clients.
Rachel Dunn, director of employability and pro bono at Leeds Law School, said: “We pride ourselves on practical learning and community engagement at Leeds Law School, and both of these activities show the strength of the School's social justice ethos and engagement with the wider community to help with legal issues and public legal education.
“Feedback from both students and their audiences was excellent, and we are now planning more practical learning and outreach projects like these.”
Keep an eye on the Law School enrichment programme for upcoming opportunities.
Our Law School sits in the heart of the great city of Leeds, one of the UK's largest legal hubs. It is perfectly placed to ensure all our undergraduate and postgraduate students are able to mine the wealth of practical experience and employment opportunities available on our doorstep.