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What is Street Law?
Street Law™ is a curriculum-based program that teaches high school students about the law, democracy, human rights, and the responsibilities of citizenship. It is an elective, for-credit class, currently being taught at 18 Akron-area public and parochial schools. The goal of the program is to promote in students a willingness and capability to participate effectively in the legal and political systems.
The Street Law program was introduced to the community by the Akron Bar Foundation in 2001, and has been in use by Akron schools since then. Each Street Law teacher is supported by one or more volunteer attorney members of the Akron Bar Association, and the additional assistance of a University of Akron School of Law student is made available. The Association's Street Law Committee enlists the help of numerous law-related community resources, including local police and prosecutors, to provide resources and assistance to the classes.
The Akron Bar Association provides participating schools with teacher manuals and textbooks purchased with grants from community partners, and presents a number of curriculum-related activities annually. Past funding has been provided by the Akron Bar Foundation, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Estabrook Foundation, and by the law firm Shifrin Newman Smith
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