A just, fair society cannot be achieved without democracy and rule of law. In new democracies and nations in transition to democracy, many people lack the basic legal knowledge, civic engagement skills, and confidence needed to solve individual and community problems and participate effectively in civic life. To bridge this gap, Street Law collaborates with law schools, NGOs, and government agencies around the globe to build public legal education programs, train educators, and develop teaching materials.
Our international programs take a grassroots approach to change, empowering program participants with essential civic skills and knowledge, creating an expectation of enhanced rule of law and greater access to justice. These programs emphasize equipping people with the knowledge and skills they need to:
- access their legal systems and receive fair treatment from the law
- participate in democracy and use their democratic rights responsibly and effectively
- become active supporters of democracy and rule of law and contribute to the creation of a more just, democratic, and prosperous society over the course of their lives
Since 1986, Street Law has implemented a range of projects throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Check out our program map to learn more about our diverse historical portfolio of work outside of the U.S.
Street Law has worked with partners on six continents to develop a series of 14 lessons to teach young people about the basic elements of rule of law using its signature, interactive, skill-building methodology.
Street Law is currently designing a roll-out of this program with civil society partners around the globe.
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.