Type of Programs
Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs partner law firms and corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school 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.
Template or Direct Join
Template, Direct Join
Small Team Friendly
- There are Street Programs that are hosted by local professional organizations like ACC. Those do not have a team size requirement.
- It takes a minimum of 10-20 people to easily run a full corporate Street Law Program.
- 1 hr for a classroom session
- 8 hrs for a full-day workshop
-The length of classroom visits varies based upon school. The length of the program varies depending upon the host organization’s and school’s calendars.
- Monetary contributions to Street Law will be determined by Street Law on a case by case basis and will go towards support of the individual corporate Street Law program, including time of Street Law staff.
-Sites should separately develop a budget for student need, e.g. transportation, meals, snacks, and swag if they want to give any out. SL requires at least two classroom visits and exploration of at least two legal topics from our library of lessons.
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Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program is a collaboration between Street Law and a corporate legal department or a law firm. Street Law will locate a local high school with a high percentage of underrepresented students. The corporate legal department or the law firm will teach lessons and lead workshops that are designed to show the students that law can be a path for them.
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What Street Law Provides
A partner high school
A database of sample lesson plans, workshops, and other activities that a legal department or a law firm can run
A tested IP-focused lesson plan and workshop is included in the ADAPT materials
Any needed support and training for volunteers
What a Company or a Law Firm Will Need to Provide
The Street Law program described below needs at least 10-20 volunteers
On campus space for a field trip
Monetary contributions to Street Law will be determined by Street Law on a case by case basis and will go towards support of the individual corporate Street Law program, including time of Street Law staff.
Sites should separately develop a budget for student need, e.g. transportation, meals, snacks, and swag if they want to give any out. SL requires at least two classroom visits and exploration of at least two legal topics from our library of lessons.
Money should be allocated to:
Transport for the students, i.e. bus from the school to company or law firm campus
Catered breakfast, lunch, and snacks
High school students are extremely food motivated and need to be fed a lot
Raffle prizes for the students
Raffle tickets are a powerful motivator for students and can be given out for participation, such as asking a question to the speaker
Laptops are very good raffle prizes - depending on the demographic of the partner high school, the students may not have access to a laptop at home
Volunteer gifts (if you have retired judges participating or speakers from different teams)
Swag for the students
Do not provide tech-related things like USB cables, chargers, etc.; not all students will have the ability to use these things
Sample Street Law Program Over One Week Period
2 classroom sessions for 1 hour each at the high school over 2 days teaching 2 different topics
See Doc 1 for sample lesson plans for a single IP-focused classroom session
See Doc 2 for an accompanying slide deck that can be used with the IP-focused classroom session
1 field trip to the company or law firm campus
See Doc 3 for a sample agenda
The company or law firm should plan to host workshops that allow students to practice the concepts that they learned during the classroom sessions
The workshops should be mixed in with inspirational speakers, which could include a general counsel, a senior partner or a business client, and career panels
The company or law firm should also plan fun events, like a campus tour, lunch at a corporate cafeteria, etc.
A raffle during the day is a strong motivator (e.g. you can provide raffle tickets for participation by a student)
Materials for a sample workshop session is provided
The sample workshop is a mock mediation between an aspiring musician and a diva; the aspiring musician is accusing the diva of copyright infringement
Finding a current or retired judge to play the role of mediator is very inspiration to the participants
See Doc 4 for the fact pattern that can be provided to both students and volunteers
See Docs 5, 6, and 7 for the instructions document that can be provided to volunteers
See Doc 8 for the instructions document that can be provided to students
See Doc 9 for a sample student survey to collect feedback on the event
Doc # 1
Sample instructions for running a 1 hr lesson on “What is IP?” in a classroom setting. Sample instructions include lesson plans, assignments for volunteers, and suggested timing.
Powerpoint/slide presentation that can be used with the Classroom Session. See “Sample Volunteer Instructions” document.
Sample agenda if volunteers want to run a full day session.
Fact pattern for mock mediation to be provided to all volunteers and students
Instructions for volunteers assisting the students representing Dada
Instructions for volunteers assisting the students representing Madelynn
Instructions for the volunteer playing the mediator
Instructions for all students participating in the mock mediation
Sample survey for gauging student interest level and feedback in activities