The Hearsay Podcast

Project Summary

Students will create eight 30-minute legal education podcasts on current legal topics. Student on this project will spend their time conducting legal research on the topics, preparing interview questions for expert guests, and recording and editing the podcasts at the CJSW 90.9FM studio located on the UCalgary campus. Students will develop episode content and research topics under supervision within the Faculty of Law. Episodes will be aired on CJSW 90.9FM, the University of Calgary’s student-run radio station, and will also be available online via the CJSW website, Google Play, iTunes, and Spotify. CJSW 90.9FM will provide audio recording and editing training, both for remote and, if deemed possible, in-person podcast recording and production.

“The Hearsay Podcast provides access to legal information in an easily digestible format that is accessible on wide array of convenient platforms.”

Albert Brown, 2L
Project Lead

Number of Students and Prerequisites

– 5 students and 2 project leads
– 1Ls are strongly encouraged to apply
– No prerequisites required

Area of Law

– Various areas depending on episode topic

Legal Skills

– Delivery and communication of legal information in an accessible manner
– Legal research and writing

Project Type

Public Legal Education Project

Timeline and Time Commitment

Seven episodes will be created and aired during the months of October 2020 – March 2021 (excluding December). The episodes for December and April will be created in earlier months, as students are not expected to work in December and April. The recording and submission schedule is as follows:

1. October 2020 Episode
Submission Date: Oct. 14, 2020
Broadcast Date: Oct. 20, 2020

2. November 2020 Episode
Submission Date: Nov. 11, 2020
Broadcast Date: Nov. 17, 2020

3. December 2020 Episode
Submission Date: Dec. 9, 2020
Broadcast Date: Dec. 15, 2020
(Note: This episode will be recorded, edited, and submitted before December 1st, 2020)

4. January 2021 Episode
Submission Date: Jan. 13, 2021
Broadcast Date: Jan. 19, 2021

5. February 2021 Episode
Submission Date: Feb. 10, 2021
Broadcast Date: Feb. 16, 2021

6. March 2021 Episode
Submission Date: Mar. 10, 2021
Broadcast Date: Mar. 16, 2021

7. April 2021 Episode
Submission Date: Apr. 14, 2021
Broadcast Date: Apr. 20, 2021
(Note: This episode will be pre-recorded, edited, and submitted before April 1st, 2021)

Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.

Required Training

All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.

In addition to the training provided by CJSW, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training

Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.

How to Apply?

Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.