Street Law programs at law schools send law students into classroom, community, and corrections sites to teach young people about the law.
The first Street Law lessons were taught in 1972 in two Washington, DC, high schools by Georgetown law students. The program’s aim was simple: use interactive methods to teach young people practical law lessons. Participating law students earned academic credit and benefited from working with young people and participating in community service. Today, more than 100 law school-based Street Law programs span the globe, impacting thousands of people each year.
Street Law, Inc.—an outgrowth of the original Street Law program at Georgetown—provides resources and technical assistance to law schools that are interested in starting a Street Law program or that wish to strengthen an existing program. In addition to its work with law schools, Street Law, Inc. develops classroom and grassroots programs for lawyers, teachers, law enforcement officers, juvenile justice professionals, and NGOs that educate students and communities about law, democracy, and human rights worldwide.