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Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Chicago Community College Faculty Development Seminar

April 11, 2014
Registration Period
24 January - 28 March 14
GE Capital Americas, Chicago, IL

Street Law, Inc. — in collaboration with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation — is offering a faculty development seminar for Chicago area community college professors who are interested in developing a law-based civics program at their colleges. The program involves innovative classroom instruction and community-based learning.


Join like-minded faculty and administrators to learn about the elements of Street Law's Community College Program, the course curriculum, best practices in civic education instruction, and the positive impact the course can have on college students. In addition, participants will learn how to advise students who wish to pursue careers in law.

The seminar will be co-facilitated by Lee Arbetman, author of Street Law’s community college textbook, Street Law: Understanding Law and Legal Issues (McGraw Hill, 2012), and Danielle Hirsch, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice.

Program Info

Community College

Street Law, Inc.’s community college course is an innovative, law-based civic learning program for community colleges. It prepares students for democratic practice and develops the skills necessary for workforce and civic success through a unique combination of classroom and community-based learning. This community college program fits well into criminal... Read more

Registration Details and Reimbursement Eligibility

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible! Please note each person attending MUST register.

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form by Friday, March 28, 2014
  2. After submitting your online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing a payment link. Use this link to pay your $25 registration fee by credit card no later than Friday, March 28, 2014.
  3. If you experience any problems with the online registration system, please contact Xinia Bermudez ( for assistance.

Please note that upon the completion of a full day at the seminar, you will be refunded the $25 registration fee, as well as provided with a nominal travel stipend, thanks to a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.




  • GE Capital Americas
    500 W Monroe St
    Chicago, Illinois 60661 
    T 312.441.7906
Big thank you to GE Capital Americas for providing meeting space!


Breakfast and lunch on April 11th will be provided. Please communicate any special dietary needs in your registration form so that we can accommodate you.


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The Seminar


As a result of this faculty development seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the components of the Street Law program for community colleges
  • Describe the instructional philosophy underlying the materials
  • Determine linkage between this program and their colleges’ priorities
  • Distinguish this program from existing programs at their colleges
  • Design high quality community-based student learning opportunities
  • Identify data that can be collected and used to evaluate student learning and program impact
  • Access and use the Law School Admission Council’s website and related resources.
  • Access resources from Street Law, Inc.
  • Network with other faculty with similar interests in civic learning

The Program

This innovative law-based civics program combines classroom and community learning. Classroom activities cover the evaluation, debate, and critical analysis of legal issues that affect individuals, their families, and communities.  Students develop a practical understanding of the U.S. legal system while learning about aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law.

Classroom instruction includes case studies, simulated legal exercises, small group exercises and analytical thought problems to develop higher level thinking skills that prepare students for rigorous college course work. Community-based, experiential learning includes a range of activities, from individual and group projects to internships in courthouses and legal services offices. The community-based component complements the classroom instruction, deepens learning, and encourages civic engagement.

This new course may be listed under political science, sociology, criminal justice, or business. It can also be cross listed. It is not designed to replace any courses that are part of paralegal training or administration of justice career preparation programs.

Questions? Contact Xinia Bermudez (