Students: Volunteer for Street Law

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. If you are interested in volunteering, see below for more information.


 

Timeline for MJF’s Street Law Program:

Street Law Alumni:  If you have been part of the Street Law program, you are eligible to be a volunteer for the Fall Semester. If you are interested, the Street Law coordinator will solicit volunteers in late August or early September. You may also email us to voice your interest.

New Volunteers:

  • October:  The Street Law coordinator will reach out to the area law schools for volunteers. There will be informational 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 informational 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:  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 is a mandatory training session (that usually occurs over MLK weekend). Be sure that you are able to attend the training session before volunteering. 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 through April/May:  Throughout the semester you will schedule a time to meet with your assigned classroom and teach the students their legal rights. 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.

If you have any questions about the program, or just want to learn more, please contact the Street Law coordinator or speak directly with your school’s MJF Staff Attorney.