How to produce effective legal information - Tip #12
Raise awareness of new online legal information resources
How to produce effective legal information - Tip #11
Websites that contain community legal information should include information on how to get further advice and support
How to produce effective legal information - Tip #10
Use standard terms where possible
How to produce effective legal information - Tip #9
Provide access to a legal glossary
How to produce effective legal information - Tip #8
Link to other relevant resources
How to produce effective legal information - Tip #7
The jurisdiction of legal information should be clear.
How to produce effective legal information - Tip #6
Why you should maintain your material and constantly update your content.
How to produce effective legal information – Tip #5
Here are some tips on how you can improve your legal information.
How to produce effective legal information – Tip #4
Here are some tips on how you can ensure that information you are providing is accurate.
Law Week 2017 – Bookings open
Interested in holding an event during Law Week 2017? From Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May 2017 Law Week will run across the state of Victoria, and continue to deliver fun, informative and engaging events to make the law easier for the community.
How to produce effective legal information – Tip #3
Here are some tips to ensure your website meets usability and accessibility guidelines.
Hear from our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, about our recent Law Talks held in Wangaratta and updates to our Teacher resources.
Through our Grants Program, we support legal projects that reach out to the community, engage Victorians with the law or provide better legal information. One of our grant priorities is legal information projects that help Victorians understand the law.
Better information at Victoria Law Foundation
There are a number of ways that the foundation aims to improve communication in the legal sector. Our goal is to share knowledge and expertise broadly across the legal and community sectors – to build an army of people who can help us improve the legal information available to Victorians.
How to produce effective legal information – Tip #2
Before developing legal information, make sure you have a particular audience in mind.
How to produce effective legal information – Tip #1
Before developing a new online legal resource, make sure you check that there is a need for it and be clear why you’re making it. Is the development of your resource supported by research that outlines a particular legal need in the audience that you are targeting?
Metropolitan Law Talks and Regional Law Talks
Over 180 VCE Legal Studies students engaged with prominent legal figures at Metropolitan Law Talks, a one-day intensive study skills workshop. Run in partnership with RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice, Metropolitan Law Talks aims to bring the law to life for students and optimise their VCE Legal Studies results.
General Grants round is open for applications
Got an idea to improve Victorians understanding of the law? You could be eligible for a General Grant. Once again, we will be giving priority to Law Week events and legal information projects. In our last grants round, Barwon Community Legal Service received a General Grant to develop pop up legal health check stalls across the Barwon region. More than 1200 people passing by took part.
Law Week 2016 – making an impact
Building on the foundation of previous years, Law week 2016 was a resounding success, with record numbers of Victorians attending over 100 events throughout metro and regional Victoria.
Explore the law through Law Week
There’s no better way for the public to explore the law than to get involved in Law Week, which runs from 16–22 May 2016 right across Victoria. With free legal health checks, music performances, tours, mock trials and debates, the 37th annual Law Week festival offers something for everyone. Read our blog to find out more
Plain language training for law students
As more law firms adopt plain language policies, law students wanting to make their mark in the profession need to be able to deliver legal advice with a focus on the client – whether that’s a corporate client or a member of the public. Up-and-coming lawyers who write and communicate clearly can better meet their professional responsibilities, and reduce the risk of client misunderstandings and complaints.
Top tips for promoting your Law Week event
Here at the foundation we’re working hard to spread the word about the range of great events taking place in Melbourne and across regional Victoria from 16 to 22 May 2016. We’d like to share our ideas on how you can publicise your Law Week event to help get as many people as possible through the door.
Plain language training at Victoria Law Foundation
Would you like tips on how to produce legal information or legal documents that are understandable the first time, every time?
Tips for running a great event
Hosting an event can be a challenge, particularly if it’s not something you do very often. Ultimately things will happen that you don't have any control over – like the weather – as I found out at this year’s Legal Laneway Breakfast!
Our top 5 teacher resources
Are you a Legal Studies teacher? Take a look at our top pick of teacher resources, which offer a real-world perspective on the law and legal system. All resources are matched to the curriculum and include mock trials, interactive sentencing activities, documentaries, study guides, tours and more.
Sharing expertise and education resources
You’ll find it hard to match the goodwill, expertise and commitment in the room at the foundation’s Education Forum, which brings together educators and lawyers from more than 30 organisations that provide education programs and resources for VELS and VCE Legal Studies students.
Get up to speed on Victorian bike laws
Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about road etiquette. That’s been the surprising response whenever we’ve mentioned plans for our new Bike Law publication.
How to produce an effective community publication that doesn’t blow your budget
At the foundation we’re often asked about producing print publications, and how to do it cost-effectively. So, to make it easier, we’ve outlined the key things to consider.
From 17 to 20 September Stephen James, Legal Writer and Editor at the foundation, and myself were fortunate enough to attend the PLAIN2015 conference in Dublin to expand our knowledge in the area of effective communication and share our expertise.
What our new plain language legal glossary can do for you
This month we’re launching a new plain language legal glossary, available online and as a PDF. It might be of use to you in your work.
Our General Grants program is now open and there are a few changes…
There have been some changes to the foundation's Grants Program. This year we will focus on supporting legal information and Law Week events.
Investing in the future generation of lawyers
The foundation's Harriet Wischer explains why we have expanded our plain language training to Victorian law students.
Everyday-Law is calling for new resources...
If your organisation has produced new legal resources for the community, we would love to know about them for our award-winning website, Everyday-Law.
Meet our Education Manager
Our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, is passionate about education and community engagement.
Four tips for hosting a great Law Week event
Our Events Manager, Lorin Clarke, shares her knowledge on hosting a great event.
Card sorting – a great approach to building a better website
Elisa Berg, Deputy Director and Manager Online Strategy and Publishing, talks about card sorting – and how you can use it to build a better website.
Highlights from the ICClear|Clarity2014 conference
In November our Executive Director, Joh Kirby, attended the ICClear|Clarity2014 conference in Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium. Here Joh talks about her highlights.
Community Legal Fellowship 2015 announced
The 2015 Community Legal Centre Fellow, Agata Wierzbowski, Solicitor at Consumer Action Law Centre, talks about her fellowship project and what she hopes to achieve.