Volunteer for Street Law
Each year, MJF places law student volunteers into local classrooms to teach middle school and high school students about their legal rights.
Timeline for MJF’s Street Law Program:
Street Law Alumni: If you have volunteered with Street Law, you are eligible to be a volunteer for the Fall Semester. The Street Law coordinator will call for volunteers in late August or early September. You may also email the Street Law coordinator to express interest.
- October: The Street Law coordinator will reach out to the area law schools for volunteers. There will be information sessions at each school so that students have a chance to learn more and ask specific questions. If you are interested in volunteering, be sure to attend a session as the volunteer spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Details will be elaborated at the information session, but after the sessions are completed you will need to schedule a meeting with your MJF Staff Attorney to complete the signup process.
- November – December: The Street Law coordinator will obtain your spring schedules once you are able to share them and begin pairing you with local schools.
- January: There will be a mandatory training session held over MLK weekend. The training session provides you with a better understanding of the topics you will be teaching, an idea of what the work will be like, and a number of resources to assist you throughout the semester.
- Late January – late April/early May: Throughout the semester, you will schedule a time to meet with your assigned classroom and teach the students. A common way to wrap-up the semester is with a mock trial, giving the students a chance to let loose and work through a common legal issue. Some volunteers coordinate a field trip to their law school for their classroom.
If you have any questions about the program, or just want to learn more, please contact the Street Law coordinator.