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Street Law, Inc.

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

Community College Faculty Development Seminar — Midwest Region

October 25-26, 2012
Registration Period
1 August - 16 October 12
DLA Piper, 203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Street Law, Inc. — in collaboration with the Law School Admission Council's and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation — is offering a faculty development seminar based on its law-based civics program for community colleges that was piloted at several community colleges during the 2011–2012 academic year.


This seminar is for community college faculty who are either:

  • Teaching Street Law this academic year OR
  • Seriously considering adding Street Law to their community college curriculum

Join like-minded faculty and learn about the Street Law curriculum, the elements of the program, best practices in civic education instruction, and how Street Law can impact your community college.

The seminar will be co-facilitated by Lee Arbetman, author of Street Law’s new community college textbook, Understanding Law and Legal Issues (McGraw Hill, 2011), and Professors Ellen Eason-Montgomery and Brian Nix of Harold Washington College in Chicago.

Faculty most likely to be interested in teaching this new program are professors of sociology, political science, criminal justice, and paralegal training. Faculty should have an interest in legal issues but need not be lawyers.

The Street Law program involves innovative classroom instruction along with some community based learning.. Colleges may want to send a two person team to this training: a faculty member and an administrator who could help facilitate learning beyond classroom walls.

This program is also designed to encourage promising community college students to consider careers in the law. Law school admissions personnel will be involved with the training.

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

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible!

Registration Details and Reimbursement Eligibility

This seminar is for community college faculty who are either…

  • Teaching Street Law this academic year OR
  • Seriously considering adding Street Law to their community college curriculum

Chicago-area community colleges

Community colleges in Chicago and nearby suburbs will be reimbursed for their registration fee thanks to a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.


Coming from beyond the Chicago area?

A limited number of stipends to reimburse travel are available through a grant from the Law School Admissions Council's program. These awards will be made on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Registration Instructions

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form by Thursday, October 11, 2012.
  2. After submitting your online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing a payment link.  Use this link to pay your $50 registration fee by credit card no later than Thursday, October 11, 2012. 
  3. If you experience any problems with the online registration system, please contact Xinia Bermudez ( for assistance.


  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
    203 North LaSalle Street
    Suite 1900
    Chicago, Illinois 60601-1293
    T: +1 312 368 4000
    F: +1 312 236 7516

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The Program

Street Law's 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.

Innovative 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 in other areas. 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.


The Seminar

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

  • Identify the components of the Street Law curriculum
  • 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 learning opportunities
  • Determine how best to grade students in this law-based civics course
  • Identify data to be collected and a possible impact evaluation to be designed
  • Access resources from Street Law, Inc.


Questions about Street Law's Community College initiative? Contact Xinia Bermudez (, 301-589-1130 ext. 226)