Resources for PLE Trainers

Law for Life and its award-winning information service Advicenow ( have developed free teaching guides for anyone wishing to develop some form of public legal education (PLE) within a charitable, work, or educational setting.

Our Practical guide to public legal education explains the nature and value of PLE and provides some simple techniques and materials through which people’s understanding about the law and their skills to use legal remedies might be developed.

The other resources are 4 training modules containing teaching guidance and handouts. Four different legal topics have been paired with particular skills to form each module.


  • A practical guide to public legal education
  • Module 1: Finding out about the law: where to get information and help
  • Module 2: Housing disrepair: assessing courses of action and developing communication skills
  • Module 3: Employment and discrimination: developing confidence and getting organised
  • Module 4: Section 21 eviction notices: learning about the process and developing strategies for dealing with private rented housing problems.

The 4 modules are designed to be taught consecutively but you can easily adapt them in order to teach them independently. Each module has specific learning aims as well as detailed guidance notes for each activity.

We hope you enjoy using them and would really welcome your feedback HERE

Who are intermediaries?

Intermediaries are people who work in organisations whose service users are seeking help to deal with problems which may have legal dimensions. The intermediaries may be paid staff, students, volunteers or trustees and are unlikely to have any legal or advice training. This training aims to help them to spot a legal issue, know when the law can help, know how to find out what rights apply, and know where to get help. They can then help service users to organise and plan how to deal with their case, help with the practical steps of dealing with a law-related issue, build their confidence, support them to communicate effectively, and be organised. This training can also be used to support those who currently provide legal advice, but would like to build skills to teach public legal education.

What is legal capability?

At Law for Life we think about legal capability as the personal attributes that someone needs in order to deal effectively with law-related problems. These capabilities include or encompass knowledge, skills and attitudes. The concept of legal capability is explicitly about empowerment. It aims to transform, through education, peoples’ knowledge and understanding of their legal rights and their capacity and willingness to enforce them.This is distinct from and goes beyond having specific knowledge of legal systems and processes. If you have legal capability it means you can identify potential law-related problems as they arise, find information to help you understand the problem, and take steps to deal with it.

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