History In 1972, a group of Georgetown law students recognized an unmet need in the young people of Washington, DC. They developed Street Law to help them understand how the law impacts their everyday lives.
Expansion Since its founding in 1972, the Street Law program has evolved into a global movement to empower people to use education about law, democracy, and human rights to improve their lives and communities.
Street Law, Inc. Street Law, Inc.—a nonprofit organization located just outside of Washington, DC— leads Street Law activities around the world. Mission: Street Law, Inc. creates classroom and community programs that teach people about law, democracy, and human rights worldwide. Our engaging, practical lessons help people develop the skills they need to improve their lives and strengthen their communities
Program Models Street Law programs and curricula around the world have three common elements: Practical: provide practical legal information that people can use in their daily lives Participatory: use educational methods that involve students directly in their own learning Partnerships: volunteers from the legal system team with educators to teach lessons
Audiences Street Law, Inc.’s programs and curricula are for people who want to teach others about law: • Lawyers • Law students • Teachers • Law enforcement officers • Juvenile justice professionals • Community-based organizations
Curricula Street Law curricula provide practical, relevant content about law, democracy, and human rights. • The Street Law textbook is used in high school law classes in every state in the U.S. • Street Law, Inc. has developed more than 80 texts―many of which were used in other countries. • Street Law, Inc. offers hundreds of web-based lessons for teaching about everything from housing law to Supreme Court cases to intellectual property law.
Programs for Lawyers Several Street Law, Inc. programs are powered by teams of volunteers from law firms and corporate legal departments. These initiatives are a great opportunity for law school program alums to participate in programs throughout their legal careers.
Breakfast with a Legend Teams of volunteer attorneys and “Legends” (local leaders from law- related professions) visit elementary or middle school classrooms to teach students about rules, laws, and the importance of community involvement.
Legal Diversity Pipeline Teams of volunteers partner with diverse high schools. Through classroom visits and a field trip, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students’ knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.
Youth in Transition Volunteer teams partner with transitional living facilities or other service providers for youths transitioning into adulthood (e.g., young people aging out of the foster care system, LGBTQ youths, homeless youths) to teach lessons on the legal life skills.
Connect with Street Law, Inc. • www.streetlaw.org • www.facebook.com/StreetLawInc • @StreetLawInc