Understanding the Aspects of Street law

Professor David is a professor of law at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and works directly under the street law programme. He has extensively worked on the concept of street lawyering.

Learning Pyramid: Professor introduced the class to the Learning Pyramid, a form of assessment of the general learning process and a means of capturing how much students retain during a lecture. he with the help on the pyramid demonstrated that students retain 5 during lectures 10 if they read on their own, 20 with the use of Audio-Visual, 30 with demonstrations, 50 in small group discussions, 75 if demonstrations are combined with practice and on the whole a student will be able to retain 90 it he indulges in teaching others.

Interactive Teaching Methods: The class was then introduced to the different Interactive Teaching methods. He noted that in his learning and teaching experience, there is a great use of Games, Hypothetical Scenarios, Case study, Group Drills, Each one - Teach one, Role play, simulations, Mock Trials, Presentations and Films and Art work.

The students were then engaged in a game play looking at the importance of laws in our lives and a selected few was requested to mention any activity that does not involve or require the application of law, which demonstrated the importance of law in our lives, right from tuning a radio station to waking up a colleague in the morning.
Lawyer Skills: Thinking on your feet.

The professor introduced a simple format on how best to think on your feet and developing ones lawyer skills. He encouraged always having the PRES format on ones finger tips and always applying it while dealing with legal issues and while airing out ones opinions on any facts or social problem.

PRES stands for;

  • P – Point of view
  • R - Reason
  • E – Evidence`    `
  • S – Summary

It was expounded on in the manner as, ones point of view concerning the social issue at hand, their reason for holding that point of view, then they should always ensure that they have the evidence to support their reason for having that point of view and in the end can easily summarize their point of view.

Street Law Lesson: This is a form of law lesson given to people outside law school. It can be to high school students or any other persons outside the legal profession to help them familiarize with the working of the legal sector.
Elements of a good street law lesson: While carrying out a street law lesson, one needs to highlight the law, human right or skills, then the policy behind the law, the conflicting values, interactive strategy and then offer some practical advice.

Lesson Plans: Professor David ended his lecture by taking the class through a lesson plan emphasizing the need to tell the students the topic of the street law lesson, the objectives, the content, activities involved, the resources required and at the end there is a need for evaluation.