We support public legal education (PLE) to raise awareness of the law and help the public understand their rights. We’re involved in a number of PLE initiatives and we support our members’ PLE activities.
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PLE is about helping the public to understand legal issues. It is not legal advice. It's about developing knowledge and skills, not answering specific legal problems. Firms can engage with it in different ways.
PLE helps the public to:
PLE has benefits for both the public and the legal sector.
When people understand their legal rights and responsibilities, they’ll know when they have a legal problem, and how and when they should get help from a solicitor.
Campaigns to educate people about legal issues are a practical and powerful way to increase public understanding. They can show people the contribution that solicitors and the legal profession make.
PLE helps to create empowered citizens who understand and value the rule of law.
The law and the legal system are complex. Helping the public to understand the system, and to appreciate the importance of issues such as legal aid, will increase public support for protecting access to justice.
PLE projects in schools can help to open up the law to young people and attract more diverse talent to the profession.
Explaining how the law protects people may also encourage people to consider a career in law.
Public legal education can include:
Find out more about how your firm can get involved
For further information, please contact our policy adviser, Valerie Robertson.
Tel: 020 8049 4126