It’s a sad fact that people from disadvantaged areas in Scotland are least likely to start a law degree and I want to see that change. More needs to be done to ensure that all young people can study not just law, but any subject at a higher level, regardless of where they live. With this in mind I was more than happy to sponsor the Law Society of Scotland’s event at the Scottish Parliament about their pilot programme ‘Street Law’. The programme is designed to break down the barriers to the profession and so schools that haven’t traditionally sent many pupils on to study law at university have been targeted. The project aims to better educate secondary pupils about the law, legal processes, how to access the law and their place in the legal system through a series of interactive classes. I have spoken to the Law Society and they are keen to extend to Renfrewshire. I have contacted Renfrewshire Council so hopefully we might see some local pupils benefitting from this excellent initiative. If you’d like to find out more about the programme or you think your school could benefit from this curriculum you can contact LyndseyThomson@lawscot.org.uk.