Children's Aid Youth Take Part in Street Law Program

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In its fourth year, The New York Law School brings the Street Law program to The Children’s Aid Society’s Hope Leadership Academy in Harlem. According to their web site, 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 over 30 countries.

The curriculum at Hope Leadership Academy consists of 10 interactive lessons that will teach students about the 4th Amendment (Search and Seizure). Participants, along with the guidance of their New York Law School student trainers, will 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 will also gain much needed practice in critical thinking and problem solving skills, tools necessary as they move onto college and adulthood. Perhaps some will even be inspired to pursue a career in law!