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Street Law is a practical, participatory educational program aimed at teaching law, democracy, and human rights. Street Law, developed by the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law, operates nationwide. It seeks to educate elementary and secondary students about basic legal concepts, to teach the link between rights and responsibilities, and to give young students a better understanding of how the law affects their daily lives.
Through the Street Law program, Moritz College of Law students work with Columbus public school teachers in grades 4-12. Law students teach a six to eight week course that they design with the public school teacher. The law students plan the lessons for students; these lessons have included mock trials and discussions concerning the three branches of the government, contracts, criminal law, rights of minors when stopped by police, and the landlord/tenant relationship. Some classes focus on topics that the students must master for the state proficiency exam.
Law students may begin participating in the Street Law Program during their second semester of law school to receive hours eligible for Public Service Fellow, awarded to students who accumulate hours of volunteer legal service.