Southwestern students may find the application and other Legal Clinic details on MySouthwestern (log-in required).
Sample Law Student Application - for reference only (PDF)
Helping at-risk youth
in our community
Students enrolled in the Street Law Clinic teach law-related critical life skills to youth in Los Angeles, most of whom are involved in the dependency or delinquency system. Many of these young students also have learning disabilities, which qualifies them for special education services.
The law students participate in a weekly classroom component at Southwestern to prepare them to go into the community and teach one ninety-minute lesson each week for a period of 10-weeks. Through the class, the law students learn and practice the skills necessary to teach practical participatory education about the law. In addition, attorneys from public interest agencies visit as guest speakers to review the laws and answer questions in their areas of expertise that relate to this special population. During the semester, the law students also have the opportunity to visit Dependency and Delinquency courts to observe hearings, as well as speak with attorneys and judges to gain a deeper understanding of these court systems, as many of the students they are teaching are involved or at risk of entering these systems.
Since the goal of the program is to give the young students legal information that will assist them for a successful transition to adulthood, the law students' outreach also includes an individual meeting with each youth to ensure that they have a transition plan, as well as to provide resources specific to each student in various areas, including housing, education, and employment.
The Street Law Clinic provides Southwestern students the opportunity to enrich their own legal education while gaining an appreciation of the importance of providing public service to the greater community. The course is taught by Professor Laura Dym Cohen, Director of the Street Law Clinic and Public Service Programs, who has extensive experience in the area of children's law.
Read the article about Professor Cohen and the Street Law Program that appeared in Vista Del Mar's View magazine (PDF)