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
- Connect with nearby law schools to guide their students in a law career pipeline
- Identify data to be collected and a possible impact evaluation to be designed
- Access resources from Street Law, Inc. and DiscoverLaw.org
Partnership with LSAC
Street Law and DiscoverLaw.org have partnered nationally to enhance community colleges’ law-based civic learning programs and guide students to consider a career in law. The partnership trains community college faculty in developing civic learning curricula and provides information about legal careers—targeting students from groups underrepresented in the legal profession.
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.
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