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School of Law

UK and Ireland Streetlaw Best Practice Conference

7 September 2016 - 8 September 2016

Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Venue: Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

This event is organised by qLegal's Patrick Cahill (Queen Mary University of London), Richard Grimes, John Lunney (Law Society of Ireland) and Linden Thomas (University of Birmingham), and hosted by the University of Birmingham.

Streetlaw is the term often used to describe university public legal education programmes. Many universities in the UK and Ireland send law students into schools, community groups and other organisations to educate people on their legal rights and responsibilities. Streetlaw utilises an interactive methodology which encourages participants to actively engage and to understand how the law relates to them.

Inspired by the first International Street Law Best Practices Conference, held in South Africa earlier this year, we are delighted to host the first regional UK and Ireland event. During this interactive two day conference, we will share Streetlaw best practice from across the globe. The conference will cover:

  • Different models for community engagement through Streetlaw;
  • Sample Streetlaw best practice sessions;
  • How to design your own Streetlaw sessions;
  • Tips and ideas for developing your Streetlaw programme;
  • Incorporating Streetlaw into the curriculum.

If you have a best practice session that you would like to share at the conference please email Linden Thomas with the details. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to fit everyone into the programme, but we hope that this will be the first of many opportunities to share best practice going forwards.

A social event will be held on the evening of the first day. Spaces are limited, so please indicate whether you are planning to attend this when you register.

Download the event programme for more information.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

To register for the event, go to the their online shop.

Fee: £50


For more information, please contact Lesley Griffiths on

Photography, video and audio recording

Please note that events may be photographed or video and audio recorded. These materials will be used for internal and external promotional purposes only by Queen Mary University of London. If you object to appearing in the photographs, please let our photographer know on the day. Alternatively you can email the Lesley Griffiths on in advance of the event that you are attending.