SCAD is designed principally for law school students and undergraduates seeking to initiate, nurture and develop their advocacy skills. Successful students are entitled to a range of long-lasting benefits that include professional development, tuition support, exposure and mentorship.
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
SimmonsCooper Advocacy Development Initiative (SCAD) is a community service effort of SimmonsCooper Partners.
Today’s dynamic world requires even more attention to be focused on the legal aspects of the social, political and economic exchange within our communities. As lawyers, how do we stimulate and sustain the debate to bring about lasting change in how the law interacts and evolves to shape and transform systems and societies? Stoking interest and passion at a budding stage, we believe, is a strategic way to invoke a pattern of sustainability and continuity.
SCAD strives to inspire aspiring lawyers to cultivate an interest in issues of public interest, public policy development and social justice. The initiative employs advocacy as a chief tool in this effort.
HOW SCAD WILL ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVES
SCAD is segmented into three aspects:
- “SCAD Compete” – SCAD organises a competition annually for law students. Along the way, the participants will be exposed to significant skills training and professional guidance. As well as provoking new insights and perspectives to the year’s theme, at the end, participation in the competition would have projected a pathway for a meaningful legal career.
- “SCAD Connect” – Social media has become an essential part of every day life. Ideas on the go, and to a wide and dynamic audience may provide the energy required to sustain the debate. We want all young and aspiring lawyers to develop an insight on the legal aspects of the issues that affect our communities and be able to communicate effectively among their peers. We hope that through SCAD Connect many young and aspiring lawyers will join the debate!
- “SCAD Multistruct” – SCAD will deploy an exciting blend of multimedia, technology and creative media to deliver relevant skills to young and aspiring lawyers. From inspiring short videos, to savvy and interactive presentations, to eye-catching and witty animation, the often-perceived complex and dry art of lawyering is made more appealing and fun.