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 a 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,” she said.
The university students deliver lessons on topics identified by the school students and chosen by the teachers.
Final year Murdoch student Zac Fergie said lawyers played an important role in educating the public about the law.
“Through Street Law, I’ve gained experience communicating complicated legal ideas in a way that school students will understand and hopefully remember,” he said.
“The feedback we received from both the pupils and their teacher was really positive.”