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Learning the law; Greenfaulds nominated for new law education project

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:11 GMT on Wednesday 20th March, 2013.
A CUMBERNAULD law firm as nominated one local high school for the Schools Law and Citizenship Web.

Cumbernauld-based Dunipace Brown have helped young people learn  about the legal system after the firm nominated Greenfaulds High School for The Schools Law & Citizenship Web, an initiative which aimed at introducing pupils to the legal system and those who work within it.

The programme, which is backed by the Law Society of Scotland, is run by teachers to help schools in practical ways. And, a key feature of the scheme is the use of current news stories to bring citizenship topics to life in the classroom.

Colin Dunipace, a Partner at Dunipace Brown, confirmed the firm’s willingness to participate, saying, "Schools depend upon support from their local community and we are happy to play our part by funding this worthwhile initiative.”

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Materials produced by The Schools Law & Citizenship Web  project also introduce pupils to legal concepts and terms they will encounter later in life.

Speaking on behalf of Greenfaulds High, Mr Proctor of Modern Studies said teachers were “very grateful to Dunipace Brown for making such a practical classroom resource available to the school.”

The Schools Law & Citizenship Web is popular with both teachers and lawyers, and has gained the full support of the Law Society of Scotland.

The Society’s Director of Education & Training, Liz Campbell commented, “We are delighted that Dunipace Brown have  nominated Greenfaulds High School for this imaginative programme which helps break down some of the misconceptions and stereotypes which still persist about lawyers and the work they do.”

The Director of the Schools Law Web, Patrick Gaffney, added his thanks saying, “We can only make a difference in schools if we gain the support of the wider community.  I am extremely grateful to Dunipace Brown for coming on board.”

“Indeed, I am pleased to say the support from law firms throughout the country has been remarkable. They are clearly keen to increase the understanding of young people.  Over 300,000 pupils have now been catered for and the legal profession deserves great credit for this.”

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