In this course, students teach a weekly class at an urban law-themed high school. After receiving training in law-related education, law students construct learner-centered lessons in law, designed to develop both the intellectual and cognitive skills of the high school students. The Street Law curriculum focuses on developing an understanding of the law, the legal process, our system of government, and effective citizenship. Together, law students and high school students examine the role of law, justice, power, and equality in our society.
Students teach a total of 10 one-hour lessons at the high school, likely on Friday mornings. The seminar session meets twice a week for the first four weeks of the semester and one a week thereafter. Students meet with the course’s faculty in weekly supervisory sessions to review proposed lesson plans for each week’s lesson. Students also submit weekly journals to the course’s faculty. There is neither a final nor a paper.
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector.