Community legal education made easy

What we're readingAre you embarking on a public legal education and information (PLE) project for the first time? Or, looking for some ideas to refresh your approach to existing PLE projects? Check out this series of information sheets produced by the Victoria Law Foundation in Australia.

This kit provides interesting information on PLE theory, practice and resources – and most of the 17 information sheets are equally relevant to Ontario’s community legal clinics and community agencies. The topics covered include:

  • needs assessment and program evaluation
  • principles of adult education
  • PLE for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • the use of traditional and social media in PLE
  • logistical issues such as finding and booking venues and addressing special requirements

We found the “case studies” – short descriptions of successful PLE strategies from community legal centre projects in Australia – especially interesting and thought-provoking. In our view, the case studies provide some practical examples of concrete strategies which we think would work equally well here in Ontario.

Do you have any success stories or tips for conducting PLE that have worked for your organization? Please share them here!

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