The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre runs a number of school education and careers workshops to expose high school students to a range of careers in the wider justice and legal sector.

Since 2012, the Cowen Centre has worked with over 8000 high school students in years 7 to 12 from over 150 schools across Victoria.

All of our workshops are delivered free of charge. Each one is developed by a qualified teacher and is mapped to curriculum.

“It doesn’t matter if your parents didn’t go to university, you can still go.”

- Year 8 student

“This was excellent. I would recommend this program as the students were engaged and the information was simple to understand.”

– Legal Studies teacher

“I learned that there are many pathways into the legal profession.”

– Year 11 Student, Sirius College

Head start in law

Head start is a one day workshop for year 11 students interested in legal studies and learning more about the wider legal and justice related professions.

Registrations will open later this year.

When: November 2019

Where: City Queen Campus

The workshop will be held at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

“The information on the new Unit 3/4 Legal Studies course was really helpful.”

– Year 11 student, Keysborough College, Keysborough

“I enjoyed the mock trial because it put my knowledge into action.”

– Year 11 Student, Marian College, Sunshine West

More about Head Start day

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre coordinated the Learn, Experience, Access Professions (LEAP) into Law program for five years.

LEAP into Law encouraged high school students of all levels to pursue legal related studies and careers. Targeting students from low socio-economic communities, the program was available to over 270 regional and metropolitan schools in Victoria.

Funding for LEAP concluded in 2017.

Students and teachers can still access the LEAP website for:

  • resources about the professions
  • study options.

Schools previously involved in the LEAP into Law program will be invited to send students from year 11 to Head Start Day. Individual workshops for schools are no longer available.

In 2018 the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre delivered Mix it up - an intercultural civics education program for students in years 10 to 12.

"It is very valuable and inspirational for the students to be able to talk with (and have the chance to ask questions of) people who are just a few years ahead of where they themselves could soon be." 

- Legal Studies teacher