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5 February, 2016

Join us with Birmingham Law Society on 26 February, when we launch our new public legal education programme

The Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with the Law Society, is launching a programme of public legal information (PLE) for Birmingham. To kick it off, Birmingham Law Society is hosting a roundtable discussion to introduce you to PLE.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland at Burlington Danes Academy
The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, helping London school students learn about the law

The Citizenship Foundation is the UK’s leader in the field of public legal information (PLE) for young people and is working with the Law Society to expand PLE in schools across England and Wales. 

We are kicking this off with a new programme of PLE in Birmingham, which will be launched at the offices of Irwin Mitchell on Friday 26 February. 

Public legal information refers to activities that increase people’s awareness and understanding of the law, and gives them the confidence and skills to navigate the legal system successfully.

It offers lawyers the chance to use their knowledge and expertise to help educate the public about their rights and responsibilities.

At the event in Birmingham we will discuss your experiences, consider some of our new ideas and explore what else the Law Society, the Citizenship Foundation and the profession can do to support PLE. 

PLE is still very new to many law firms, so we want to help lawyers understand how and why they might want to take part in community engagement programmes or embed PLE into their firms' CSR strategies.

The roundtable event is on Friday 26 February 2016 from 12.30pm until 2.00pm.

The event is held in conjunction with the Law Society and Birmingham Law Society’s Pro Bono Committee, and is kindly hosted by Irwin Mitchell.

Who should attend? 

Law firms and other stakeholders from third sector organisations and universities are encouraged to join us.

We want a discussion that is grounded in the needs of the local communities and the work currently being undertaken in the West Midlands.

For more information, email Sally Shera-Jones at the Law Society.