Carson McDowell brings Lawyers in Schools programme to Northern Ireland

29 June 2016



Carson McDowell has announced a new partnership with the Citizenship Foundation, funded by the Legal Education Foundation, to deliver a bespoke legal education programme.

Lawyers in Schools is a skills-based employee volunteering programme designed to raise young people's awareness and understanding of the law. Last year over 1,200 students in the UK and Australia were involved in the Lawyers in School programme, receiving mentoring from 500 legal volunteers.

Carson McDowell is the first law firm from Northern Ireland to deliver the programme, which comes at no cost to the school. Nine solicitors from the firm will volunteer their time to facilitate learning across a number of topics including: social media, employment law, intellectual property and police powers.

McDowell have been working with the Citizenship Foundation’s Doctor Anne Rice

to adapt resources for schools in Northern Ireland, and will be delivering

sessions to Year 10 pupils between September and December.

Michael Johnston, Managing Partner at Carson McDowell commented: “Volunteering and the legal profession go hand in hand. This initiative is the perfect example of how solicitors should be engaging with young people and encouraging them to discuss current affairs and learn about their rights.

“Our solicitors also benefit from the programme, developing their own skills and progressing their professional development. Our aim is to get young people interested in the law and to encourage the next generation of legal professionals.”

Doctor Anne Rice commented: “Lawyers in Schools is a unique form of education delivery wherein several lawyers work through a set of modules with a class who are split into small groups. This is the first time this model has been available in Northern Ireland and provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn about their legal rights and responsibilities.”