The impact of Street Law on law students as learners in the LLB course at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and as educators of law and human rights of high school children in Durban, South Africa. Some lessons from student experiences in recent years
Paper presented at the 2013 CLEA Conference in Durban
School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal
The Street law programme is designed to make people aware of their legal rights and where to obtain assistance. It also makes them understand how laws work and how the present legal system can protect them. Street law also tells people about the laws that affect them in their everyday life and seeks to explain what the law expects people to do in certain situations. The Street law programme requires participation of law students who must be properly trained so that they can go to schools and community groups and teach effectively and confidently.
The Faculty of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College campus has conducted a Street Law LLB course since 1987. The course focuses on the substantive content of certain aspects of the law, (e.g. introduction to law, criminal law, consumer law, family law, socio-economic rights, employment law, human rights and democracy, and HIV/AIDS and the law), and the teaching methodologies that assist law students to effectively communicate the law to ordinary people – particularly high school children.
This paper deals with the impact Street Law has made on law students as learners in the Street Law course and law students as teachers of law and human rights to high school learners from diverse backgrounds. It will draw on the experiences of law students as recorded in the reflective journals they are required to maintain during the Street Law course.