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Street Law, Inc.

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

Community College Faculty Development Seminar — South

Where University of Houston Law Center, 100 Law Center, Houston, Texas 77204
When November 20-21, 2014
Registration Open 19 May - 6 November 14
Cost $50.00

Street Law, Inc. and the Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw.org are offering a faculty development seminar for community college professors who are interested in developing a law-based civics program at their colleges.

 

Join like-minded faculty and administrators to learn about the elements of Street Law's Community College Program, the course curriculum, best practices in civic education instruction, how to connect community colleges with law schools, and the positive impact the course can have on college. In addition, participants will be empowered to advise students who wish to pursue careers in law.

The seminar will be co-facilitated by

  • David Smith, Street Law’s consultant on community colleges
  • Yusuf Abdul-Kareem, Yessenia García-Lebrón, and Kent Lollis from the Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw.org.

The program involves innovative classroom instruction, community-based learning, and activities with local law schools. We recommend that colleges consider sending a two-person team composed of a faculty member and an administrator to participate in this training.

This program is also designed to encourage promising community college students to consider careers in the law and will involve law school admissions personnel and law students who attended community college.

Program Info
Online registration for this event is open from May 19, 2014 to November 6, 2014.

Registration Instructions

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible! Please note each person attending MUST register.

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form by Thursday, November 6, 2014
  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, November 6, 2014.
  3. If you experience any problems with the online registration system, please contact Xinia Bermudez (xbermudez@streetlaw.org) for assistance.

Coming from beyond the greater Houston area?

A limited number of stipends to reimburse travel are available through a grant from the Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw.org program. Please make sure you register for the seminar first, before applying for the stipend. These awards will be made on a rolling basis, so apply early!

  • application form (coming soon!)

Location

  • University of Houston Law Center
    4800 Calhoun Road
    Houston, TX 77004
    T 713.743.2100 


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Big thanks to the University of Houston Law Center for providing meeting space!

 

Lodging

The University of Houston has helped us secure a rate of $139/night at the nearby Hilton University of Houston.

To take advantage of this reduced rate, you must make your reservation directly through the hotel by clicking (or copying and pasting) the following link: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/H/HOUUHHF-STRE-20141119/index.jhtm.

You can also call their reservation line at 832.531.6300. Please tell them you are booking a room through the Street Law/Discover Law Event group rate of $139.

These rates are on a first come, first served basis, so the sooner you book the better. Please also note that these rates are only available until October 20th. 

  

Meals

The following meals will be included:

  • November 20: breakfast, lunch, light dinner
  • November 21: breakfast and lunch

Please communicate any special dietary needs in your registration form so that we can accommodate you.

 

The Seminar

  • View a draft agenda (coming soon!)

Outcomes

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.

 

The Program

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.

Questions? Contact Xinia Bermudez (xbermudez@streetlaw.org)

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