Creighton University School of Law believes in partnering with others to bring you outstanding opportunities to expand your legal education. That’s why we’re involved in innovative “pipeline” initiatives with the Nebraska State Bar Association—and why we’re involved with the national Street Law organization.
About Street Law
Creighton School of Law partners with the national non-profit Street Law organization to teach youth about law, democracy and human rights. As part of Street Law, teams of Creighton law students go into local middle and high schools to teach students about the basics of law. As part of the team, you’ll use interactive techniques to teach subjects ranging from search and seizure to principles of democracy, and landlord-tenant to mock trials. You’ll focus on issues and topics of particular interest to the younger students. Participating schools include:
- Benson High School
- Bryan High School
- Central High School
- Jesuit Academy (4-8)
- Northwest High School
- Sacred Heart School (K-8)
How it Works
Offered in the spring semester, Street Law is a one-credit, non-classroom hour class for second- and third-year law students. You commit to teaching once a week for eight weeks. You’ll be responsible for lesson planning, which involves adapting the Street Law curriculum to your particular classroom. To help you prepare, you’ll attend an orientation and training during the first two weeks of the semester, as well as four seminar discussions over the semester. You’ll have teaching resources to assist you. At the end of the Street Law experience, you’ll create a portfolio of your lesson plans and submit a short reflection paper. Please note, the credit hour earned in Street Law is a non-classroom credit hour. See Academic Rule 6.8(a).
How You’ll Benefit
Through Street Law, you’ll:
- Develop organizational skills
- Gain a greater knowledge of substantive law by teaching the basics
- Develop and strengthen your presentation skills
- Learn to think and respond on your feet
- Serve the public and the community
How to Enroll
Enrollment for the Street Law program is limited. To be considered, please email palmastrand [at] creighton [dot] edu (a short essay) (no longer than one, double-spaced page) explaining why you’re interested in participating in Street Law. Include your name, email address and phone number.