PLE resources and services take many forms and terminology is not used consistently. However, the following general types of activities may be included in the scope of PLE.
Short term events with a very specific topic and purpose. Usually geared to raising awareness about a legal topic.
May vary in length from a bookmark to a pamphlet, booklet, or guide to some aspect of the law or particular legal problem.
Mass media productions
Radio and television productions often on a regular or repeated basis but could be limited to a single broadcast. Columns in weekly, regional, or sector-specific newspaper or bulletin.
A wide range of general information or targeted sites, webinars, and pod casts.
Electronic legal services
Interactive sites which provide customized assistance with a specific legal matter.
Originally included slide shows, video productions.
A term used for any activities directed at people who assist others in dealing with legal matters. However, the use of the term ‘training’ suggests some skill development and actual competency to perform particular law-related tasks.
School programs also known as Law-related education
Directed to youth in the context of the curriculum or other school-related activities. Includes dealing with legal issues currently confronting students, preparing for adult life, citizenship development, and career preparation.
Activities directed to reducing particular types of crime including fraud and domestic violence.
Activities that assist a particular community identify and address legal issues that affect them collectively.
Often flows from a community development activity that leads to activities to change the law or administration of justice to better reflect the needs of the community.