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Law Week 2017 – Bookings open

September 19, 2016
Law Week banners

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.

Education update

September 16, 2016
Wangarrata Law Talks

Hear from our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, about our recent Law Talks held in Wangaratta and updates to our Teacher resources.

Grants update

September 01, 2016

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

September 01, 2016
Better information

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 #1

July 27, 2016
Better information

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

July 22, 2016
Law Talks photo

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

June 06, 2016

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

June 01, 2016
Photo at Courts Open Day

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

April 28, 2016
Better information
Law Week brand

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

April 12, 2016
Better information
Photo of students at training

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

April 04, 2016
Law Week branding photo

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.

Tips for running a great event

February 24, 2016
Better information
Photo of Events MNager at Legal Laneway Breakfast

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

February 04, 2016
Teacher resources
School students

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

January 29, 2016
Teacher resources
Our Education Manager and VCE Legal Studies teacher

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.

About PLAIN2015

September 28, 2015
Better information

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.

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