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In Spring 2016, the University of Houston Law Center joined the ranks of over 100 law schools with the launch of the Street Law program. The initiative was spearheaded by Professor Ellen Marrus, Royce Till Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Law & Policy, based on her previous work with Street Law and her experience as a Fellow with the program at Georgetown Law Center. For more than 40 years, the Street Law program has developed classroom and community programs that educate young people about law and government.
The purpose of the class is to expose high school students to the law and the legal system, while also encouraging them to think about college and law school. The Street Law class provides a unique professional development opportunity for law students as they are able to work on improving their ability to convey legal knowledge to laypersons and strengthen skills that are not necessarily explicitly taught in law school, such as organization and time management. Upon enrolling in the program, each Law Center student is assigned to a high school class and is responsible for developing lessons and teaching the material to the students. The program has reached over 650 students over the past four years. This year, the program expanded to seven schools and nearly 150 students: Mickey Leland, Houston KIPP, KIPP Northeast, YES Prep North, High School for Law and Justice, Chinquapin, and Milby.
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