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Street Law, Inc. and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) have developed an initiative to address the need for diversity within the law school applicant pool and legal profession at large. Ten law schools with active Street Law programs are currently participating in the initiative. These sites have enhanced their practical legal education programs to include diversity pipeline components – to encourage young people of color to pursue legal careers.
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Many law schools around the country have public legal education, or Street Law, programs in place. These programs place law students in high schools or other community settings to teach about practical law. Law students focus on building knowledge and skills among the groups they teach. For more information, visit the law school-based program pages.
This program helps the pre-existing Street Law programs at several law schools adapt their approaches as a way to enhance diversity in the legal profession. The aim is to encourage high school students of color to pursue higher education and legal careers. Research shows that students are more likely to pursue careers for which they have positive role models, an informed understanding of the pathway to that career, and a sense that they possess the skills necessary to succeed in that career.
Street Law designed a program with ten law schools to add career-focused components to their existing law-school programs where law students teach practical law to high school students. Through training and technical assistance from Street Law, these programs added lessons, field trips, workshops and other activities designed to teach the high school students about legal careers and career pathways, allow them to participate in skill-building activities, and interact with their partner law students as career role models.
The Curriculum and Handbook has all the resources needed to add a diversity pipeline element to your Street Law program! Find guides to training, activities, lesson plans, fundraising, evaluation, and more.
To access the Curriculum, you must first Curriculum and Handbook page to download the entire book or individual lessons and Tip Sheets.
Law School Diversity Pipeline: Evaluation Summary
Sample Media Release Form
Sample Student Reflections - Event v. 1
Sample Student Reflections - Event v. 2
The following schools participated in the 2006-08 pilot program:
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