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A Vision for Public Legal Education

Michael Olatokun

The Bingham Centre is a leading member of the Solicitor General's Public Legal Education Committee. As a member of this Committee, we have been at the forefront of developing the government's vision for public legal education in the United Kingdom.

At a joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Public Legal Education and The Rule of Law in October 2018, then Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP launched a government statement on the importance of public legal education. This vision was co-written by Michael Abiodun Olatokun, Bingham Centre Research Fellow in Citizenship and the Rule of Law.

The Vision Document

The vision document outlines and explains the following seven goals of public legal education:

  • PLE will be supported by a robust evidence base, showing what the need is and what works best.
  • PLE will be of high quality, maintained to ensure that it remains accurate and accessible and useful for the people who need it.
  • PLE will be universal, across all demographics, prioritising children, young adults and vulnerable groups.
  • PLE will be scaled up through delivery by the legal community
  • PLE will harness technology and be delivered through innovative methods, both on and offline
  • PLE will be embeded into public services and government departments
  • PLE will be understood as beneficial and utlised by other sectors
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