Bring­ing law to class

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - LOOKLOCALWA.COM.AU -

MUR­DOCH Univer­sity stu­dents are nur­tur­ing a pas­sion for law among high school pupils as part of a pro­gram to ad­vance le­gal knowl­edge.

The Law in the Com­mu­nity pro­gram saw 29 un­der­grad­u­ates de­liver les­sons on top­ics like sex­ting to stu­dents at East­ern Hills Se­nior High School.

Teacher Jas­mine Watts said the un­der­grad­u­ates dis­cussed en­vi­ron­men­tal law and the in­flu­en­tial Tas­ma­nian Dam case.

“My Year 10 pupils loved the law stu­dents coming into the class and their les­sons were of an exceptional stan­dard,” she said.

“The law stu­dents were very en­thu­si­as­tic, mak­ing the top­ics so in­ter­est­ing, as well as be­ing very pro­fes­sional and do­ing a great job of pro­mot­ing an in­ter­est in law.”

The Mur­doch pro­gram, in­spired by US-based pro­gram Street Law, ed­u­cates com­mu­ni­ties about law, democracy and hu­man rights.

Mur­doch School of Law’s clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Anna Copeland said the les­sons gave high school pupils a fresh per­spec­tive on le­gal mat­ters.

“Our stu­dents have run ses­sions on bul­ly­ing, drugs and the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. “They also give the school pupils valu­able in­sights into what it is like to study law at univer­sity.”

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