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Fall 2021

Professor(s): Lisa Cohen (ADJUNCT)
Jessica Marie  Jaramillo-Moreno (ADJUNCT)
Ellen Marrus (EMERTI)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  W  Location: 109  BLB

Course Outline: Law students will teach high school age students in Houston area high schools and juvenile probation facilities about the law including constitutional law, family law, criminal law, housing law, and other areas. Street Law empowers young people to be active, engaged citizens by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully participate in their communities. Law students will gain a greater knowledge of substantive law and how to explain the law to lay people, develop their ability for oral presentations both in formal settings and thinking on their feet, improve legal research skills, and gain an understanding of the legal system in the context of those persons directly affected by it.

Students will participate in a weekly seminar class that will provide the resources and tools necessary for teaching the law to high school age students and will commit to teach approximately 3 hours a week in a high school or a juvenile probation facility

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Whether this course will be distance education, or will have a physical room assigned, and if so the extent to which the instructor might use the room during the semester, is not determined at the time when registration initially opens for this course.  You may see contrary indications in the UH systems where you actually register for the course.  In other words, this course might be distance education with no use of a physical classroom. It might be the “HyFlex” mode in which some Law Center courses used a physical room during 2020-21. As we get closer to the start of the term/semester for this course, this course note will be updated as decisions are determined. The instructors will be involved in those decisions, but decisions about modalities may not be invariant throughout the term/semester or between now and when the course starts.


Approval is needed from the instructor prior to registration for this course. Students must apply by completing the online survey. The online survey interest form can be found at

Students will be contacted by the professor once the online survey is completed.

For more information about Street Law please go to the following page -

If you wish to attend a zoom session for more information it will be held on Wednesday, April 7th from noon to 1:00 PM and Thursday, April 8th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. If you are interested in attending a session, please contact Professor Marrus at with the time and day you plan to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you.


First Day Assignments: August 20th and 21st – Two-day orientation from 9 AM to 5 PM, room TDB

Pick up the Street Law text prior to August 19th. If you cannot come to the law center to pick up the book contact Professor Marrus to make other arrangements.

Skim the book and read the first unit, chapters 1-6, pages 2-69.

Think of a story that tells something about you that other people in the class do not know and that you will share with the class. While you are telling the story there should be something in the story that is not true.

Read the Street Law handbook that is being distributed electronically.

Think about your goals for the course and the goals that you want to set for your scholars for the fall semester.

Prepare a lesson on the subject that you signed up for in the Introduction to Law section. Have a written lesson plan and choose 15 minutes to present to the class the way you would present the lesson to your scholars. You may give an introduction to set the stage if you do not start at the beginning and at the end of the presentation you may say a few words about how the lesson would proceed.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (8/5/2021 11:04:34 AM)

Special Case

Course Materials: Arrange to pick up the Street Law text with Jessica Rodriguez per email instructions.