Human Rights Street Law Workshop
LL.M Seminar 2067
| 1 credit hours
In Fall 2016, International LL.M. students will be eligible to participate for credit in the Street Law clinic as assistants to the J.D. instructors. Law students in the Street Law Clinic teach practical law, constitutional law and public policy in classes to public high school students in the District of Columbia. In the fall semester, topics include an introduction to legal thinking and process, criminal law and procedure, and human rights. In the human rights component, taught in the month of October, participating high school students learn about human rights both globally and in D.C. and create multimedia projects to educate others about human rights.
In addition to teaching about the law, Street Law instructors use the inherent interest in the law to teach basic academic and civic skills such as reading, writing, listening, oral expression, problem solving and analytic thinking. By conducting classes using learner centered teaching methodology according to a democratic, due process model reflecting cutting edge educational practices, Street Law instructors not only teach about justice but also in a manner consistent with justice.
The International LL.M students will participate principally during the Human Rights unit in October. Up to eight International LL.M. students will provide assistance to law students in various high schools. The J.D. law student instructors will do the lesson planning and will be the primary classroom instructors, while the International LL.M. students will assist with global human rights, group work, general instruction and the multimedia projects.
Student responsibilities include attending workshops and seminars, assisting with teaching, and writing weekly journals and a final paper. In late September, the LL.M. students will attend a specially designed series of preparatory seminars to learn the Street Law methodology. Following that, LL.M. students will attend Street Law seminars for 2 hours per week on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 PM, assist in teaching 2-3 classes per week, and write a weekly journal of their observations and reflections. An eight to ten page paper analyzing their experiences will be due in November. The LL.M. students will be supervised and evaluated by the Street Law faculty and fellows. The course is offered on the Pass/Fail basis. The exact dates of the orientation, seminars and teaching period will be described in the syllabus.
Students should expect their time commitment for the workshop to be 50 - 60 hours [plus the time to write the paper.]
The benefits of this collaboration include: 1) increased integration into the life of GULC, 2) improved English language skills, 3) direct experiences in the culture of America and its schools, 4) awareness of and capability in the Street Law methodology and 5) contributing meaningfully to the public interest. Credits earned in this course may be applied toward a Human Rights Certificate.
The Street Law Clinic will present an informational session to describe the program and answer any questions at the beginning of the semester.
This class is only open to foreign educated LL.M. students (i.e., those students who do not have a U.S. J.D. degree),
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