Websites that contain community legal information should include information on how to get further advice and support
Why you should maintain your material and constantly update your content.
Here are some tips on how you can improve your legal information.
Here are some tips on how you can ensure that information you are providing is accurate.
Interested in holding an event during Law Week 2017? From Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May 2017 Law Week will run across the state of Victoria, and continue to deliver fun, informative and engaging events to make the law easier for the community.
Here are some tips to ensure your website meets usability and accessibility guidelines.
Hear from our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, about our recent Law Talks held in Wangaratta and updates to our Teacher resources.
Through our Grants Program, we support legal projects that reach out to the community, engage Victorians with the law or provide better legal information. One of our grant priorities is legal information projects that help Victorians understand the law.
There are a number of ways that the foundation aims to improve communication in the legal sector. Our goal is to share knowledge and expertise broadly across the legal and community sectors – to build an army of people who can help us improve the legal information available to Victorians.
Before developing legal information, make sure you have a particular audience in mind.
Before developing a new online legal resource, make sure you check that there is a need for it and be clear why you’re making it. Is the development of your resource supported by research that outlines a particular legal need in the audience that you are targeting?
Over 180 VCE Legal Studies students engaged with prominent legal figures at Metropolitan Law Talks, a one-day intensive study skills workshop. Run in partnership with RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice, Metropolitan Law Talks aims to bring the law to life for students and optimise their VCE Legal Studies results.
Got an idea to improve Victorians understanding of the law? You could be eligible for a General Grant. Once again, we will be giving priority to Law Week events and legal information projects. In our last grants round, Barwon Community Legal Service received a General Grant to develop pop up legal health check stalls across the Barwon region. More than 1200 people passing by took part.
Building on the foundation of previous years, Law week 2016 was a resounding success, with record numbers of Victorians attending over 100 events throughout metro and regional Victoria.
There’s no better way for the public to explore the law than to get involved in Law Week, which runs from 16–22 May 2016 right across Victoria. With free legal health checks, music performances, tours, mock trials and debates, the 37th annual Law Week festival offers something for everyone. Read our blog to find out more
As more law firms adopt plain language policies, law students wanting to make their mark in the profession need to be able to deliver legal advice with a focus on the client – whether that’s a corporate client or a member of the public. Up-and-coming lawyers who write and communicate clearly can better meet their professional responsibilities, and reduce the risk of client misunderstandings and complaints.
Here at the foundation we’re working hard to spread the word about the range of great events taking place in Melbourne and across regional Victoria from 16 to 22 May 2016. We’d like to share our ideas on how you can publicise your Law Week event to help get as many people as possible through the door.
Would you like tips on how to produce legal information or legal documents that are understandable the first time, every time?
Hosting an event can be a challenge, particularly if it’s not something you do very often. Ultimately things will happen that you don't have any control over – like the weather – as I found out at this year’s Legal Laneway Breakfast!
Are you a Legal Studies teacher? Take a look at our top pick of teacher resources, which offer a real-world perspective on the law and legal system. All resources are matched to the curriculum and include mock trials, interactive sentencing activities, documentaries, study guides, tours and more.
You’ll find it hard to match the goodwill, expertise and commitment in the room at the foundation’s Education Forum, which brings together educators and lawyers from more than 30 organisations that provide education programs and resources for VELS and VCE Legal Studies students.
At the foundation we’re often asked about producing print publications, and how to do it cost-effectively. So, to make it easier, we’ve outlined the key things to consider.
From 17 to 20 September Stephen James, Legal Writer and Editor at the foundation, and myself were fortunate enough to attend the PLAIN2015 conference in Dublin to expand our knowledge in the area of effective communication and share our expertise.
This month we’re launching a new plain language legal glossary, available online and as a PDF. It might be of use to you in your work.
There have been some changes to the foundation's Grants Program. This year we will focus on supporting legal information and Law Week events.
The foundation's Harriet Wischer explains why we have expanded our plain language training to Victorian law students.
If your organisation has produced new legal resources for the community, we would love to know about them for our award-winning website, Everyday-Law.
Our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, is passionate about education and community engagement.
Our Events Manager, Lorin Clarke, shares her knowledge on hosting a great event.
Elisa Berg, Deputy Director and Manager Online Strategy and Publishing, talks about card sorting – and how you can use it to build a better website.
In November our Executive Director, Joh Kirby, attended the ICClear|Clarity2014 conference in Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium. Here Joh talks about her highlights.