Law schools around the globe operate “street law” programs in which law students teach non-lawyers about law, the legal system, and the fundamental principles of democracy.
Law students teaching about law in local high schools and communities.
Law students trained in interactive teaching pedagogy teach high school students, marginalized populations, and others the basic information, skills, and attitudes they need to thrive as active members of their society.
Since the first street law program began at Georgetown in 1972, hundreds of law schools have developed their own programs based on the Georgetown model. Today, an estimated 200 law schools operate Street Law programs around the globe.
Street Law, Inc. (the organization) grew out of the original program at Georgetown University law school. For more than five decades, we have helped law schools establish and sustainably implement their own Street Law programs.
We are proud participants in the robust global network of law school-based street law programs. Alumni of street law programs can be found in governments, corporations, and law firms worldwide.
Want to start a street law program at your law school? Street Law, Inc. can help. We provide coaching and advice to faculty, law students, and administrators, as well as planning, implementation, and evaluation resources to help with effective program management.
Advisor, Law School Programs
Recent Law Schools Supported by Street Law, Inc.
Before I met Lee Arbetman and Amy Wallace of Street Law, the University of Ottawa (Canada) was missing something. Thanks to the overwhelming support and patience of both Amy and Lee, this year we were able to launch the StreetSmart pilot program at the Faculty of Law.
Our credit-bearing 'know-your-rights'-style community workshops have proven such a success with youth in the community and with students at the law school that we will absolutely be running it again next year. Thanks Street Law!"
Upon arriving at Truman Bodden Law School, having been involved in Street Law previously I felt it essential that the school developed a programme and I reached out through the Street Law website for some assistance as to best practice in establishing a programme.
Within a few days I heard from Amy Wallace who could not have been more helpful, as it happened we were both in Washington DC a few weeks later and we met."
Amy was full of bright ideas and insights into how to establish a programme and was really helpful in sending me materials to adapt for teaching in Cayman. Amy kept in touch regularly during our first year to see how we were doing and was a constant source of inspiration and support to assist us in developing our programme.
Street Law at Truman Bodden Law School is now in its 4th year and Amy still checks in to see how we are getting on and to offer support for which we are very grateful.”
Working with Amy and Street Law has really helped us set up a successful program at a local high school. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to do Street Law programming my 1L year at the law school so we lost a lot of history and know how.
Because of Amy’s help, the transition to in person Street Law programming has been smooth and easy. I greatly enjoy going into the high school classrooms once per week to watch the high school students grapple and think about legal and civics issues that directly impact their lives."