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Most programs are coordinated by a faculty or staff member. Some programs use an adjunct professor, often a former Street Law participant. Non-credit bearing programs might consider hiring a student coordinator or getting one to volunteer. For a minimal amount of money, a law student coordinator could help to select sites and materials and conduct follow-up with sites and law students.
Judy Zimmer can provide you with resources as you begin.
It is important to cultivate your relationship with the law school. Consider the program's connections to law school admissions, community relations, course offerings, and student demands. Also invite law faculty to participate in seminars, visit classes, or score a mock trial competition. Many programs use law school alumni to mentor high school students, help with mock trial instruction, or team teach with beginning instructors. Nurturing these alumni relations can help with funding.
The faculty salary is the greatest cost of running a credit-bearing Street Law program. A few programs also hire an administrative assistant and/or a law student fellow. Other costs include office space, equipment, and duplication costs.
The best way for the Street Law Program to become an integral part of the law school is for the law school to fund it or at least fund the professor's salary. This is not always feasible, however, especially for programs that are just starting out. New programs should try to get the law school to make in-kind contributions such as use of office space and equipment, in particular, a copy machine. Find out whether your university has some form of community or public school collaboration – they might have some modest funding or information about funding available for your program.
Questions to ask as you develop a funding strategy
All states have prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers and law students. In a nutshell, unauthorized practice of law occurs when a non-lawyer or a law student (who does not have express approval according to the state's law student practice rules) gives specific legal advice.
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The cooperating teacher should help the law students by:
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