Offer training on access to justice, emerging approaches, changing social situations and the skills to meet people’s needs, both at the start of and throughout legal careers
Introduce legal capability into elementary and secondary schools to prepare people for legal issues in their lives
Offer training about access to justice issues in post-secondary programs to integrate legal, health, social and education services
School-age students and university students are the primary audiences for building legal capability. Having not yet settled on career choices, nor developed their own conflict skills, efforts to build legal capability in these audiences offers the potential to transform how people respond to legal conflict, whether in their own lives or in these professional roles. Students developing practice skills and aptitudes at the beginning of their career, can be exposed to access to justice issues before they make career decisions. The efforts to build capability in these audiences is the priority under this goal, complementing the training of existing legal professionals.
Ongoing professional development is a critical responsibility of all legal professionals. Lawyers, paralegals and judges continue to expand their practice skills and awareness of access to justice issues. In 2020, these opportunities were a combination of internal training opportunities offered by legal aid societies, judges associations and employers, cross-sectoral conferences and courses.
Over this last year, many legal professionals have also examined their personal and professional roles in pursuing racial justice and reconciliation through formal and individual training.
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