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Street Law, Inc.

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

Summer Associates Program

Summer associates at DC law firms teach young people valuable, practical lessons about employment law, advocacy, and conflict resolution.

This program provides firms with a wonderful opportunity to enhance the experience of its summer associates, while helping teens develop important knowledge and skills.

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This program is full for summer 2013. Please contact Deborah Foster if your firm is interested in future participation. 

How the Program Works

Street Law partners DC law firms with a group of young people participating in DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (an initiative of the DC Department of Employment Services). Street Law trains summer associates in interactive teaching methods and provides step-by-step lesson plans on relevant topics that the youths can use in both their workplaces and everyday lives.

Over the course of four weeks, the young people visit the law firms to work with the summer associates to learn about employment law, advocacy, and conflict resolution. The teens, summer associates, and other law firm associates eat lunch together which provides the youths an informal opportunity to explore career choices.

The program's culminating event is a “negotiation showcase” where the teens demonstrate the skills learned throughout the program. 

This program benefits everyone involved! 

  • Participating teens develop important skills and legal knowledge that help them improve their lives. 
  • Summer associates get to engage in a meaningful community service program and experience the public interest aspect of life at a law firm.
  • The District of Columbia agencies that are employing the young people over the summer benefit from having staff who are more knowledgeable in important workplace topics like conflict resolution and negotiation. 
  • Law firms have the opportunity to enhance the experience of their summer associates and directly contribute to the community. 

 

This program is full for summer 2013. Please contact Deborah Foster if your firm is interested in future participation. 

How to Participate

Participating law firms must commit to provide the following:

  • People power: At least six summer associates
  • Time: Summer assocaties must attend a one-day training with Street Law staff. Summer associates teach three sessions and conduct the culminating negotiation showcase event. Each weekly session is four hours long and includes a lesson, preparation for the negotiation showcase, and a reflection period.
  • Space: Meeting space at the law firm for the three weekly sessions and the negotiation showcase
  • Food: Lunches for all the participants for the three weekly sessions and the negotiation showcase

Street Law also asks participating firms to seriously consider supporting Street Law's Annual Awards Dinner.

 

What Street Law Provides

Street Law has four decades of experience in developing programs to help the legal community, law students, teachers, government agencies, and community-based organizations teach young people about the law.

Street Law staff conducts a six-hour training session at the law firm for the participating summer associates and associates. Important topics like interactive teaching methods, working with teens, and important legal content will be covered. The training will also walk participants through the program's curriculum, composed of lesson plans on conflict resolution, the negotiation process, employment law, and advocacy.

Street Law will provide access to the young people participating in the DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program and will be available to provide technical assistance, as needed, throughout the course of the program. Street Law also provides Metro/Metobus passes to transport youths to the sessions at the law firms.

Firms interested in participating and/or learning more about the program should contact Deborah Foster.

This program is full for summer 2013. Please contact Deborah Foster if your firm is interested in future participation. 

Partners

Our summer 2012 participating law firms were

Special Thanks

  • Big thanks to the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for piloting this program in summer 2011.
  • Thank you to the DC Department of Employment Services and all the DC agencies who allow the teens they employ to participate.
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