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High school students LEAP into Law

For five years Victoria University’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre has been coordinating the LEAP…into Law program as part of the wider cross-university LEAP outreach initiative for over 35,000 students in low-SES schools across Victoria.

The LEAP program has been highly successful in supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to connect with the various LEAP professions and inform their aspirations for university. The last spurt of LEAP…into Law for this year includes a Head Start program and LEAP Roadshow, supported by committed legal sector professionals who wish to encourage others to pursue a career in law.

In the last quarter of this year, the LEAP program is jam packed with workshop offerings for students, with LEAP again partnering with Gibber for the LEAP Roadshow travelling around metropolitan and regional Victoria.

The roadshow complements the prior 30 workshops delivered by LEAP…into Law this year, including Next Step workshops, Introduction to the Legal Profession workshops, and conference events, which have engaged more than 1000 students.

Year 11 students who have enrolled in Legal Studies for 2018 are encouraged to attend the final LEAP… into Law conference in 2017 – the Headstart Program – to be held on 21 November 2017 at Victoria University’s Queen Street Campus.

Headstart will help students prepare for the new 2018 Legal Studies curriculum and learn about the diverse range of careers within the legal profession. The program features an impressive panel of speakers including school lawyer Vincent Shin, Juries Commissioner Paul Dore, solicitor Ellen Hooper and our Teacher in Residence, David Thomson.

Year 11 students can apply for the Headstart program. Get in quick because applications close on Thursday 16th November.

While LEAP…into Law will assume a different structure in 2018, schools are still able to contact the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre and enquire about available law workshops for students.

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