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LAW6176 Public Legal Education and Community Street Law

This module is run by the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and is an opportunity for students to engage in community based work as part of their degree. Students will learn about the importance of public legal education in the context of access to justice, the rule of law, and human rights. The module encourages students to question the value of laws if the communities they bind cannot actively engage in them.

Street Law is essentially a teaching methodology which is interactive, participant-centered, and grounded in social justice. Recognised throughout the world, Street Law sees Law students facilitate interactive workshops with community groups such as school students and prisoners to increase legal literacy and raise awareness of important social justice values.  This module will train Law students in the theory and delivery of public legal education and Street Law, which will enable them to facilitate three public legal education / Street Law projects to member of the community during the duration of the module. Additionally, students consider how legal design, professional legal ethics, and open access resources can all be used to support access to justice.

This module will require students to undertake a criminal record check (DBS) and may count towards Qualifying Work Experience as part of the SQE (to be decided).

Overlapping – LAW6457 and LAW6156 (The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment) are modules with elements of clinical legal practice. Priority for enrolment on LAW6457 ill be given for students who do not take LAW6156 and vice-versa. 

Mode of assessment

  • 50% Practical 2000-word lesson plan and 25 minute presentation (incl. Q and A)
  • 50% Coursework 4000 words


To adhere to the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre's practices and procedures including the signing of a confidentiality agreement, and attending the QMLAC training sessions where required.

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