Legal capability project
Law for Life has secured funding from the Baring Foundation to run a small-scale pilot project with advice agencies to test new approaches to public legal education. The project aims to equip people to deal effectively with law-related issues.
Law for Life will work with one or more advice agencies to run a series of PLE sessions with their local communities. The aim will be to:
improve the levels of legal capability of the participants
improve advice agencies’ ability to deliver public education programmes
test our model of legal capability, and
implement and test a public legal education evaluation framework.
This initial project will conclude at the end of the year when a prototype resource pack will be produced to capture the lesson plans, tools and methods that worked well in the sessions.
An independent evaluation will take place to look at how effective the project was in building legal capability. It will also begin to develop better ways of capturing the impact of public legal education on social and economic wellbeing.
A small grant is available for participating agencies. The deadline for applications is 6th July 2012.
Further information and an application form are available on our website at:
We are grateful to the Baring Foundation for making this project possible.
Pro Bono advice and advice services – evaluation report
An evaluation of our pro bono advice and legal services project was published last month. The project took place between May 2010 and April 2011 and was a collaboration between Plenet (now Law for Life), the College of Law, LawWorks, and the Law Centres Federation.
The project aimed to explore the opportunities for legal professionals to deliver PLE and to learn about their potential for empowering people through improved legal capability. In particular the project sought to examine how the use of non-casework assistance provided by lawyers and law students might be harnessed to expand good quality PLE delivery to the public.
The evaluation provided valuable insights into partnership working in the delivery of public legal education. Solicitors in private firms and law students were successful in delivering PLE and were well able to respond to the needs of their audience. It also revealed the organisational challenges involved in running sessions and importance of planning to meet the particular needs of participants.
Read the evaluation report
15 June 2012