The TMSL STREET LAW Program is an educational, legal outreach program that trains current law students to teach law at schools throughout the Houston and Harris County area. The mission of the program is to empower youth through interactive education about law, democracy, and human rights while furthering the professional development of law students. It is ECI’s hope that through accurate and current knowledge, youth will avoid becoming involved in situations that may lead to involvement in the criminal justice system.
TMSL law students who participate in this program are provided with a curriculum that encompasses various aspects of the law. The law students participate in “train the trainer” classes with the ECI Associate Director for Special Projects & Student Development. The law students then train high school students on a weekly basis using interactive teaching strategies that include mock trials, moot courts, and simulated negotiations. These teaching strategies allow students to hone their communication and analytical skills while gaining exposure to other professionals and the community. Law students learn from their high school students about how laws impact people and the “real life” strengths and weaknesses of the legal system. This insight sensitizes the law students to crucial public policy issues and concerns, which can encourage law students to pursue a career path aimed at combating social injustices.
To learn more about the Street Law Program, or to establish a program in your school or for your community organization, contact Cheri A. Buggs, Associate Director for Special Projects & Student Development, at 713-313-4870 or via email at: email@example.com.