Pilot Streetlaw schemes have been running since last year, but the official version was rolled out at a launch last month and has been organised in association with the Citizen-ship Foundation.
James Webber, a second-year Eversheds trainee and Streetlaw project manager, said that the scheme is aimed at educating people who have had negative experiences of the legal system, such as the long-term unemployed or those who have been in prison.
“It is not so much about giving out advice, like a legal aid clinic, but more about trying to increase people’s un-derstanding of how the law affects their lives,” he added.
The students and their Eversheds mentors work together to prepare presentations for the target community groups, which they have delivered in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London.
Webber added: “The trainees and students have more autonomy in running this project. The students get to come into Eversheds’ offices and see how the office is operated. One of the things the trainees get out of it is being able to lead a group of people. There are benefits both ways.”