Legal Community Partnership Programs
This suite of programs taps the knowledge of lawyers, legal professionals, law students, and police officers, who are trained by Street Law to teach young people about the law.
These subject-matter experts (or "community resource people," as we like to call them) play an important role in delivering high-quality, effective civic education. When incorporated into classroom learning, community resource people can bring the law to life through real-world examples and experiences and serve as powerful positive role models.
This area of work includes our popular Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs. These programs provide opportunities for teams of volunteer attorneys and legal professionals from law firms and corporate law departments to teach local high school students about law and law-related careers as part of a strategy for increasing diversity in the legal profession.
Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs partner law firms and corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school law classes. Through classroom visits and a field trip to the law firm or legal department, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students' knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.
This Pipeline Program can serve as one component of comprehensive diversity efforts led by companies and law firms.
Street Law implements this program with support and collaboration from two national partners: NALP and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Our Police & Teens Program prepares and equips police officers to teach young people about the law in high schools and community settings. Its collaborative, dialogue-based approach helps build awareness, respect, empathy, and understanding between police officers and youth.
Since 1972, law schools around the world have developed Street Law programs that teach young people in schools, communities, and corrections sites about the law, while providing law students with a unique, powerful professional development opportunity.
Street Law, Inc. provides program resources and teaching materials, connects participating law schools, and assists in the development of new programs.