SLEG | Law

SLEG

The Student Legal Education Group (SLEG) was founded at UNSW over 30 years ago with a passion to improve access to justice by providing minority disadvantaged groups with basic legal knowledge and understanding their rights.

SLEG is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation that exists to engage, educate and empower members of the community through law-related education. SLEG seeks to ensure that everyone is equipped with a basic legal knowledge and awareness of their rights that are applicable to practical, everyday contexts. To do this, SLEG’s trained student presenters facilitate workshops and seminars across the Greater Sydney region and various regional locations around NSW.

SLEG Prospectus for Schools

The UNSW Law School and its students are known for their unwavering commitment to social justice and have a long legacy of working with disadvantaged groups. SLEG provides schools and community groups the opportunity to utilise this passion and experience with a view towards inspiring program participants to develop an awareness of everyday legal rights and principles in ways that matters to them.

Modules

These modules are developed by UNSW Law students in conjunction with faculty members and the Kingsford Legal Centre. The resources are written with the NSW Board of Studies curricular specifically in mind and have been aligned with the current legal studies, business studies and commerce syllabuses. This ensures that the content presented is directly relevant to program participants.

The aim of the modules is to give a broad overview of the legal ideas and debates surrounding that particular area of law. Rather than providing a heavy legal analysis of the topic, the modules are designed to debunk some of the commonly assumed ‘myths’ about key areas of the law and promote critical engagement with basic legal materials. To achieve this, the modules’ contents are specifically written to encourage practical interaction for program participants.

There is a range of modules which can be tailored to each schools needs. These modules seek to give young people practical guidance on their rights in a number of key areas, namely:

  • Police powers and criminal justice;
  • Consumer rights;
  • Human rights; and
  • Public law and government (designed for especially ESL students)
  • Employment Law

Communities

SLEG is expanding to help minority groups in the community by providing basic legal knowledge and informing them of their rights and different options for obtaining legal advice. Similarly to our work in schools, our focus is on how such knowledge may apply to practical everyday situations.

The ‘public law and government’ module is designed to explain the Australian legal system along with rights & responsibilities as members of the community. The module is especially effective in assisting groups such as migrants understand the role of the law in Australian society.

Regional Schools

In addition to its presentations throughout Greater Sydney, SLEG also runs a Regional Schools Program.

This program was developed in order to diversify SLEG's outreach, and places a heavy emphasis on one of the most marginalised communities in Australia: indigenous youths. The program will involve UNSW students and academics travelling to rural western and northern NSW in order to give a multitude of highly specialised presentations at local schools and community centres. Each presentation will be modified to accommodate each school, and principally feature a criminal law or human rights module.

This year SLEG is proud to announce its inaugural Regional Program. In partnership with ASPIRE, four of our best student presenters of 2017 will be invited to travel to Dubbo in late October. Over the three day program our students will present refined and targeted criminal law and commercial law modules to a number of high school cohorts from across the greater Dubbo region. They will also be invited to talk more generally about their experiences as UNSW law students; to inspire the students and promote the idea of pursuing a tertiary education in law.

How You Can Get Involved!

Students from all stages of their degree are invited to be involved in this program as it’s a great way of meeting new people and helping disadvantaged minority groups that transpire in our local & regional communities. We accept applications from all UNSW Undergraduate and Juris Doctor students during the advertised periods.

Schools and community centres are encouraged to participate in this program. We present free-of-charge and are happy to tailor our content to your specific needs, with the mission of improving access to justice and legal knowledge in the wider community.  If you would like more information on the program, please do not hesitate to read our prospectus or send us an email.

We would be more than delighted for you to join SLEG!

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