Law School for a Day for Chicago high schoolers
WHO WE ARE
Street Law is a Northwestern Law student organization that empowers and educates high school students in Chicago. Groups of 3-6 law students travel into Civics, Social Studies, and History classrooms monthly to provide students with an interactive and engaging discussion to make complex laws accessible. Covering topics such as tenant rights, employment discrimination, searches and seizures, and sexual assault, students become equipped with the tools to become civically engaged and informed citizens.
Street Law has experienced tremendous growth and success in the three years since it began at Northwestern Law. Currently 75 law students serve 16 classrooms across the city. High school students participating in Street Law have described the lessons as “awesome,” “eye opening,” and relevant to situations they face as teenagers in Chicago. Teachers describe Street Law as “crucial.” And law students have said Street Law “is one of the most important things I could do with my legal education.”
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
In an effort to expand Street Law’s mission and to engage even more law school students and faculty, we are working to plan a field trip. Chicago high school students from Schurz High School will spend a day at the law school, gaining exposure and insight into the life of a law student. This exciting program piloted last year and successfully expanded Street Law’s influence to provide students with exposure to higher education, law school, and legal thinking. Students will participate in a simulated law school class taught by various professors on topics like negotiations and criminal law. There will also be an interactive, diverse panel of law students who can engage in a dialogue with the students about their experiences and what led them to the law.
The success of this program is due in great part to the collaboration and support of numerous student groups and administration. Street Law recognizes the incredible impact of providing these students with a glimpse of life as a law student, which requires that students travel to the law school. The cost of providing one bus is $186. That would be just $4.65 for each student to travel here. Our goal is to provide the funding for 3 school buses in addition to lunch for each student. In total, we are hoping to raise $1,000. Any and all help you can provide will directly impact the students we are working so hard to educate and empower. Thank you for your help!
Total Budget Breakdown
1 bus = $186 x 3 for 88 students
Lunch for 88 students = $600
Total = $1,158 Approximately $13.16 per student