Q: What is Street Law’s mission?

Street Law, Inc. advances justice through classroom and community education programs that empower people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others.

Q: Can I volunteer?

A: Street Law works with teams of volunteers from law firms, corporations, and government agencies.

Participating groups provide volunteers, a licensing fee, and some supplies and program enhancements, and Street Law, Inc. provides training, teaching, materials, and technical assistance.

Unfortunately we don’t always have opportunities for individuals. However, sometimes we need volunteers to serve as community resource person for a classroom teacher or other Street Law program. Community resource people are professionals who lend real life experiences to help enhance a Street Law lesson or class. Attorneys, judges, law students, elected officials, community organizers, and law enforcement officers are often utilized as resource people. If this is of interest to you, please send us an email at learnmore@streetlaw.org.

Q: How do I get a copy of the Street Law textbook?

A: While Street Law authors the text, our publisher sells it and distributes sample copies. You can find contact information for McGraw-Hill Education in the publications section of our website.

Q: Can I use content from StreetLaw.org in my classroom?

A: The material on StreetLaw.org and in all Street Law, Inc. publications is protected by United States copyright law.

To request permission to reprint or reproduce Street Law content, please submit a written request to ip@streetlaw.org. Generally, we grant permission to individuals requesting permission to use our materials for non-commercial educational use.

Q: How many Street Law programs are there around the world?

A: Street Law is a name used globally to describe programs that teach people about law, democracy, and civics in a practical, participatory way. While Street Law, Inc. has directly had a hand in many of these programs, some programs are modeled after Street Law, Inc. initiatives and operate independently of us. Others were created with the help of Street Law, Inc. and continue today, even though we are not directly involved in their daily operations. What this means is that this is a hard questions to answer. But here are some numbers we do know:

  • We’ve developed 80 international Street Law programs in more than 40 countries, many of which continue today.
  • More than 3,500 high schools offer elective law courses and use the Street Law textbook.
  • Since the first edition of the Street Law text was released in 1975, more than 800,000 copies have been sold to school districts across the U.S. We estimate that more than 4 million young people have benefited over the lifetime of the text.
  • 54 companies and ACC chapters, 9 national law firms, and 6 law schools currently participate in Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program at more than 105 locations across North America. Collectively, more than 1,000 volunteers reach approximately 4,500 students per year.
  • 80 law schools in the United States and more than 100 international law schools operate Street Law programs.
  • More than 1,400 teachers have participated in Street Law’s Supreme Court Institutes and Seminars, who have in turn impacted over 300,000 students.

Q: How do you all do so much with such a small staff?

A: We partner with companies and law firms to deliver our programs, which means we have thousands of people delivering our programs in schools and communities.

In addition, we have a strong worldwide network of hundreds of schools, organizations, and government agencies that help us carry out our mission.

Q: Do you have any programs in X?

A: Probably. Maybe. We have a lot of program sites and all can be found in our interactive web-based map.

Q: How do you know the programs work?

A: We’ve amassed lots of informal and anecdotal evidence of our programs’ successes.

  • Stories about young people who have been able to advocate for their rights and bring about positive change as a result of what they’ve learned.
  • People who actively participate in democracy by voting or signing a petition after learning the importance of civic action.
  • Students who are now pursuing law degrees after participating in a Street Law program.
  • Teachers who are able to improve the way they teach about law and civics and raise their students test scores as a result of our teaching methods.

Formal evaluations are expensive, but we’ve conducted outcomes-based evaluations on some of our programs that confirm that students increase their knowledge about law, democracy, and human rights through participation. Check out our evaluation findings here.

In 2015, measuring the impact of our programs became a strategic priority, and we are committed to dedicating resources to evaluate a number of our initiatives. We’ve already begun conducting a formal evaluation of our Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers and have a staff person dedicated to building evaluation elements into new and existing Street Law programs.