The program tackles the lack of diversity in the legal profession by focusing on strategies that will encourage students of color to enter the legal profession. It provides students with role models, connections with legal professionals, and the opportunity to experience the types of work lawyers do. Students are able to broaden their impressions of the legal profession and fuel their interest in legal careers. The program sets out to achieve these objectives through four program components: training, classroom visits, a conference at the corporate headquarters, and program extensions for the most promising students.
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Street Law pairs each participating corporate legal department with one or more high school classes. Street Law provides training to the corporate volunteers and participating teachers, as well as guidance on topic selection and lesson plans. There are four components to this program:
- Training: Street Law provides a four-hour training session for all volunteers and the partner teacher. At this session, we choose topics to teach and plan out the semester.
- Classroom Visits: Legal department volunteers visit their partner classroom 2-6 times over the course of the semester to teach about topics in civil law and the legal profession.
- Conference at the Company: Students attend a day-long field trip. They participate in interactive, authentic workshops on legal topics where they utilize the skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the semester. The students also attend a career fair at the conference, where they learn about the variety of legal jobs in the corporate sector.
- Extensions: In the second year of the program, most corporations offer some sort of follow-up with the most promising students – several have offered job shadow days, mentoring, internships, or scholarships.
This program is a national partnership between Street Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel.