Hope Leadership Academy’s Street Law program brings law students from New York Law School to educate teens about their legal rights and the steps needed to pursue law as a career field. Participants attend 10 weekly sessions, which culminate with a moot court that takes place at a renowned New York City law firm.
Street Law began in 1972, when a small group of Georgetown University Law Center students developed an experimental curriculum designed to teach District of Columbia high school students about practical aspects of the law and the legal system. Since then, Street Law, Inc. has expanded into an international organization that develops educational programs in more than thirty countries.
The curriculum at Hope Leadership Academy consists of 10 interactive lessons that educate students about the 4th Amendment (Search and Seizure). Participants, under the guidance of their New York Law School student trainers/mentors, develop arguments on 4th Amendment situations to be presented during a moot court at the end of their program. A key program goal is to create a positive attitude towards the legal system and to teach participants how to protect their individual rights. Thanks to these New York Law School students, Hope Leadership Academy participants also gain much needed practice in critical thinking and problem-solving skills, tools that are helpful as they move onto college and adulthood. Perhaps some will even be inspired to pursue a career in law, and if so, they will have developed a support system in that industry.
Street Law applications for 2013 will be available in December.
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