Who are we?
Urban Lawyers has been in operation for 12 months, and is a team of dedicated volunteers who have developed an online education resource portal which is designed to educate, engage and stimulate discussion amongst young people about their attitudes towards Criminal Law, policing, and personal responsibility.
In essence, it is a platform where law can be accessed by young people, and provides information to people who would not otherwise have access to it or be able to comprehend it. This is done through a practical educational programme for schools, charities and organisations that work with young people, in order to engage the youth in discussions about their attitude towards Law and Order. The initiative also provides individuals the tools to work with young people thus providing a better understanding of the underlying reasons why young people commit crime and the consequences.
The aim of the project is to help deter disaffected young people from a life of crime and improve their understanding of the Criminal Justice System and its policing.
Our vision is to make the public, particularly young people, more aware of criminal law and its implications to everyday life, and to make the legal profession more democratic, more accountable, more open to improvement and more conscious of the needs of the youth and the marginalised groups.
The initiative seeks to eradicate the deliberate and inadvertent miscarriages of justice which many young people may face. This momentous task is achieved by raising awareness and educating young people about the law and their rights.
Urban Lawyers’ aims and objectives are:
To educate and engage disaffected young people by improving their understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the policing that governs it, and
To provide up to date information to organisations and institutions that work with and for young people.
About Urban Lawyers
We deliver this information through a number of resources:
Research – Each workshop allows participants to provide information about their views and/or experiences of the criminal justice system. The findings will be used as part of research paper looking at the youth perspective of the criminal justice system which will be a collaborative project with a higher education institution.
Curriculum – ‘Law in action’ is a set of courses with legal content which is available to be taught at schools and universities. It provides a simple and undiluted overview of the legal principles and theories that govern our society. It is delivered using interactive teaching methods that allow students to understand the law in an everyday context.
Merchandise – Urban Lawyers merchandise is a way of allowing the law to be integrated into the lives of young people and also is a visual outlet for relevant information. We do this via tshirts, mugs, keyrings etc, all of which have slogans and references to the Urban Lawyers brand, and legislation.
Workshops – Urban Lawyers deliver interactive workshops which engage and stimulate young people in discussions about their attitudes towards the law and the ever-changing policies in their local communities. The workshops we offer vary from legal career development workshops, to youth offenders workshops to tailored workshops on specific offences and procedures. The workshops deliver the benefits of helping to deter young people from a life of crime, promoting self responsibility, empowering young people to develop their potential in society, and they provide schools and institutions with a better understanding of the underlying reasons young people commit crime and the consequences.
The Urban Lawyers initiative has three main Beneficiaries:
– Young people – by providing fundamental information about young people’s rights and obligations.
– The police and other state institutions – this website serves to act as an intermediary between the police and other state institutions involved with the governing of the law and with disaffected communities, enabling a two-way dialogue between all parties.
– Teachers, educators and youth workers – the initiative is an innovative and practical educational programme for schools, charities and organisations that work with young people (aged 15 to 25), and aims to help teachers, educators and youth workers engage with young people through discussions about their attitudes towards law and order.