Law 712 - Street Law--Youth & Education
J.D. Harvard, 1986
Students teach law-related topics in local public high schools and participate in weekly teaching seminars at UCLA Law. The course is based on a community legal education approach. In consultation with the host high school teacher, each student develops their own curriculum; all legal areas and issues are open for consideration. In our weekly seminars, students engage in simulated teaching, workshop curricular ideas, and examine various aspects of teaching (e.g., lesson planning, teaching methods, and classroom engagement). Seminar discussions include examining similarities between teaching and practicing law, especially relating to communication between lawyers and non-lawyers, problem-solving and improvisational thinking.
Enrollment in the course is limited to ten (10) students. Third-year students receive enrollment priority on the first pass. The course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. In addition to teaching ten (10) weekly, one-hour periods at their respective teaching site, students submit bi-weekly journal entries and a short final, non-research paper. Prior teaching experience is not required.
- Increased knowledge of the law in various substantive areas
- Improved ability to communicate with non-lawyers, including making complex and abstract legal concepts understandable and accessible
- Sharpened facility for navigating issues that arise in the practice of law (e.g., thinking on your feet, gaining trust and developing rapport with clients)
- Increased confidence and fluency speaking in public