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Street Law Lesson Plans and Materials

Street Law, Inc.

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

Street Law, Inc. provides scores of high-quality lesson plans and teaching materials to law school programs around the globe. We are a global leader in the development of law-related curricula and have more than 40 years of experience developing interactive, student-centered lesson plans on law, democracy, human rights, public policy, crime prevention, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy. 

In addition to our materials, this section includes links to other organizations who provide lesson plans and other helpful resources. It also connects you to other law school programs—Georgetown University Law Center, Seattle University School of Law, and University of Washington School of Law—that have generously provided teaching materials developed by law students participating in Street Law. 

As you explore the resources listed below, please keep in mind that it may be necessary to adapt materials to include state law and local laws and meet students’ special needs.


Resource Library

Our resource library houses hundreds of teaching activities and methods, case summaries, mock trials, and articles—many of which are free—organized by topic, audience, and type. 

Here are some resources that are especially useful to law school programs:

From Street Law, Inc.

  • Law School Diversity Pipeline Program: Curriculum and Handbook: This curriculum guide is designed to help law schools add career-related elements to their Street Law programs. The curriculum provides detailed lesson and activity plans. 
  •  In partnership with the Supreme Court Historical Society, Street Law publishes, a website devoted to interactive teaching materials about 17 landmark Supreme Court cases. 
    • TIP: Every state has a list of Supreme Court cases that students are required to study, so classroom teachers might welcome the assistance of a law student teaching some of the required cases.
  • Supreme Court Materials: Summaries of scores of cases (from 1999–present) and lesson plans on a variety of Supreme Court-related topics. 
  • The Deliberating in a Democracy program has developed materials for teaching about a variety of controversial issues using the deliberation process. Instructions on leading classroom deliberations, lessons on democracy, and topic specific materials are available. 

From Participating Law Schools

Georgetown University Law Center Mock Trial Materials: 15 civil and criminal mock trials developed by the D.C. Street Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center for use in Washington, DC’s annual citywide mock trial competition. 

University of Washington School of Law Street Law Lessons: Model lesson plans on a variety of law-related topics developed by students participating in the Street Law program at the University of Washington School of Law. 


Street Law’s Online Store

Some of our materials are available for purchase from our online store or from our textbook publisher, McGraw-Hill Education.

  • Street Law: A Course in Practical Law:  Street Law, Inc. has written a practical law text (now in the 8th edition), which is used in high schools across the country, both by law school programs and social studies teachers teaching law courses. The textbook and its accompanying teacher manual are available for purchase from our publisher, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. 
  • Classroom Guide to Mock Trials and Moot Courts: Prepares law students to conduct mock trials and moot courts at their teaching sites and provides all the materials needed for nine mock trials and six moot courts. 
  • The Response: A short film (plus accompanying teaching materials) that shows students the inner workings of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals at Guantánamo Bay and asks them to determine how to balance the rights of detainees with national security interests. 
  • Lesson plans for vulnerable youth populations:

Additional Resources

The links below will provide you will additional lesson plans, teaching materials, or other resources that might be helpful in developing your own lesson plans.  Note:  These resources were not developed by Street Law, Inc. or our participating law schools.

Lesson Plans

Resources for Lesson Plan Development

Diversity Pipeline Resources

  • An initiative of LSAC to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed.
  • Raising the Bar: Pioneers in the Legal Profession from the ABA’s Division for Public Education
  • Choose Law: An initiative of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the ABA that encourages individuals of color to become attorneys.