Before you register for Law Week

On this page, you’ll find information to help you prepare for registering your Victorian Law Week event.

Our registration form is quite long, and it can’t be saved in stages. That’s why we’ve created this page – to help you prepare your answers before you begin the form.

What does registering my event do?

It makes your event part of Victorian Law Week.

You’ll be part of the 2022 program officially.

Also, it helps us promote your event.

We’ll use the information you provide in your registration form to create your event listing in our online program.

event listing example

What you’ll need

Below is a checklist of everything you’ll need to complete our registration form.

Checklist

Need more info? Click on any item below.

Make sure your activity meets our event criteria

Events must…

Be local.

Your event has to take place within Victoria.

Be for ‘everyday’ people.

Victorian Law Week events must be designed for individuals or small businesses.

Be open to the public.

Your event must be open to everyone. That is, not ‘invitation only’.*

Help with a legal issue.

It needs to improve the Victorian community’s understanding of the law or the legal system.

Be free of charge.

You can require bookings, but attendance must be free.

*Interested in running an invitation-only event? While we can’t include it in the public program, we may be able to provide you with support. Contact us to find out more.

What’s not suitable?
Events where the primary audience is people working in the legal sector.

Those only open to people employed at a specific workplace.

Activities where the focus is primarily recruitment and career progression in the law.*

*If you’re interested in running an event for students about legal careers, we suggest that you contact the Victorian Commercial Teachers’ Association. They may be able to advertise your event on their online noticeboard for secondary school teachers.

We’ll notify you if your event isn’t suitable for Victorian Law Week.

Primary contact details: name, organisation, position, email address, phone number and mobile number

We ask for ways to get in touch with your primary contact in case we have questions about your event registration.

Your organisation details: name, website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok

We’ll ask about each organisation involved in your event. That means, if you’re jointly running an event, we’d like you to list all the organisations, and their social media details, in this section.

Why social media?

We ask for your website and social media URLs so we can tag you in our Law Week campaign. With links to your website and social media, people will be able to find you more easily.

Up to 150 words describing what you hope people will learn at your event

Having trouble putting words together? It may help to answer the questions below. Write short answers, and combine them to form one paragraph. You can then copy and paste this paragraph straight into the answer field in our registration form.

  • Why are you running your event?
  • What will attendees learn about the law or the legal system by attending your event?
  • How will the event address your audience’s legal problems/questions?
Up to 100 words describing your target audience

Your event will be more effective if it is targeted to a specific group.

Ideally, your event should provide legal information directly to the group it’s relevant to.  

Ask yourself…

  • Who needs to know the information you are sharing?
  • Where do they live?
  • How old are they?
  • What do they do for a living?

Common traps

Your first thought might be that your target audience is everyone who has this legal issue you’re addressing. This may not be specific enough, because different groups will have different needs. For example, you might want to run an event about future planning for anyone without a will. But the information needs, mode of delivery, and even the most convenient location and time for your event will differ greatly between groups such as young parents and retirees.

Why your target audience should not be ‘the general public’.

To communicate effectively with your audience, you need to speak to them in a manner that is appropriate, relevant and useful – and you cannot speak to everyone effectively in the same manner. If you try to speak to everyone, you’ll end up speaking to almost no-one.

List the ways you plan to let people know about your event

Some ideas are…

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • TikTok
  • Paid social media ads
  • Google Ads
  • Displaying posters on community boards
  • Community events listings
  • Email list being delivered to a club or group that might benefit from attending your event
  • Sending an email out to your own organisation’s mailing list
  • Local newspaper ads or listings
  • Magazine profiles
  • Radio interviews
  • Podcast interviews
Event title

Make your event catchy and easy to understand. Make sure you use terminology that your target audience understands. For example, the term ‘elder abuse’ may be understood by aged care workers, but not necessarily by older people themselves.

Event blurb (up to 150 words)

This will appear on your event listing on the Victorian Law Week website.

When writing your blurb, it helps to consider your target audience:

  • Is the language appropriate?
  • What will make them want to attend your event?
  • Does your event sound enticing?
Consider your choice of words.

It’s easy to assume that the language you use every day is generally understood, but that’s not always the case. For example, ‘family law’ is an industry term, while words such as ‘divorce’ or ‘relationship breakdown’ are much more easily understood by much of the community.

Event short blurb (up to 40 words)

This will appear in our online program, underneath the image you provide.

Similarly to your long blurb, use language that your target audience is familiar with.

Image

We’ll use this image to promote your event. Choose a photo that illustrates your event subject matter, or perhaps reflects your target audience.

Here are our image guidelines:

  • No logos
  • Dimensions: 800 x 520 pixels (3:2)
  • Files must be less than 10MB
  • Format: Only GIF, JPG or PNG
Event format

Your options are…

  • In-person
  • Online event ­– live
  • Online event – pre-recorded (not recommended)*

*The reason we don’t recommend submitting pre-recorded online content is that in general, live online events attract larger audiences. Live online events create a sense of urgency. It’s easy for people to put off watching videos that they can watch any time.

Venue name and address

If your venue changes after registration, you can update your listing by contacting us.

Event date

If your event date changes after registration, you can update your listing by contacting us.

Contact details for public enquiries: organisation, email address, phone number

These contact details will be displayed in your event listing on our online program. It’s there so that people can contact you if they have questions about your event.

Accessibility measures

List the accessibility measures you’ll have in place.

For example:

  • Auslan interpreters
  • Closed captioning
  • Transcripts
  • Hearing loop
  • Translators
  • Wheelchair accessibility

This information will appear on your event listing on our online program.

If you don’t have accessibility measures in place, just leave this section blank.

Ready to register?

Still have questions? Contact us.

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