All programs should have a way to evaluate the law students. The evaluation should identify both what the law students are doing well and what they need to improve upon.
Inviting law students to evaluate themselves is a common approach.
Program Coordinator Observation
Most supervised programs have one or two observations per semester of the law students teaching at the site.
Feedback from On-site Teacher/Site Coordinator
Written and oral feedback from the on-site teacher provides insight into the performance of the law students. One Street Law program requires the on-site teacher to submit a critique to the director for each class taught, while others have an end-of-year assessment. Some programs receive feedback from the high school students.
There are a couple of ways to approach grading law students who participate in a credit-bearing Street Law program.
- Some law schools divide students’ grades into areas, such as teaching in the classroom, lesson plans, and seminar. Individual tasks fall within each area and vary by program.
- Other law schools use a pass/fail process of grading. However, some program coordinators report that the lack of grades can reduce the law students’ commitment level.