Street Law's 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.
Innovative 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 in other areas. 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.
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
- Identify data to be collected and a possible impact evaluation to be designed
- Access resources from Street Law, Inc.
Questions about Street Law's Community College initiative? Contact Xinia Bermudez (firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-589-1130 ext. 226)