At People's Law School, our vision is a province where people have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to resolve everyday legal matters.
What does this look like? It means that British Columbians have access to legal information and education that:
- is in language they can understand
- helps them develop skills and attitudes to seek solutions
- empowers them to take action
Helping people deal with the legal problems of daily life
At People's Law School we help people deal with the legal issues that are part of everyday living. Like buying a cellphone. Or making your will. Or getting hired for a job.
When we offered our first law classes in 1972, we became the first organization in Canada dedicated exclusively to educating the public about the law.
Closing in on 50 years later, the role of educating people about the law has become even more vital. The law is more complex. Legal services are more expensive. Legal problems are prevalent in the daily lives of Canadians. People need information and tools to help them deal with the legal problems of daily life.
Over the last two years we have worked to transform our organization to meet the needs of British Columbians, now and in the future. Our direction is clear, and we are committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of our work.
Our current strategic priorities are to:
- secure program and project funding to support the public legal education and information needs of people in British Columbia
- use technology efficiently and creatively to increase access to and the impact of public legal education and information
- improve internal and external communication to increase awareness and access to public legal education and information
- develop tools to measure and assess impact of public legal education and information
- enhance community alliances and partnerships that strengthen awareness and access to public legal education and information
- recruit the best people to facilitate, promote, develop and distribute public legal education and information