Fall 2020
5403 Street Law I - MARRUS/ROISMAN- 17883

Professor(s): Gavriella Roisman (ADJUNCT)
Ellen Marrus (FACULTY)

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 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 students and will commit to teach approximately 3 hours a week in a high school or a community organization.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 8/31/2020

Course Notes: HyFlex  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to teach in a physical classroom.The extent to which that room will be used during the semester is up to the instructor and may vary during the semester. When the classroom is used by an instructor, those class sessions will be operated in “HyFlex” mode: remote presence is available to any student via internet videoconferencing, and recordings will be available when material is general and not prohibited from recording by client confidentiality. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Quota=12. 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 https://uhlc.wufoo.com/forms/street-law-survey/.

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

For more information about Street Law (since in person information sessions are not available at this time) please go to the following page -

https://www.law.uh.edu/center4clp/streetlaw.asp. If after viewing the video you have any additional questions please contact Professor Marrus at emarrus@uh.edu.


First Day Assignments: Orientation will be held on August 21st and 22nd. For August 21st please think about a story to tell the class about yourself that other people in the class do not know. Within the story there should be at least two things that are true and a third that is a lie. Write a poll that contains at least three – four facts from your story (including the lie) that can be placed into a poll on Zoom. Email your poll with your name to emarrus@uh.edu and/or groisman@central.uh.edu no later than 5:00 PM on August 20th.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials (3/31/2020 4:28:10 PM)

Book(s) Required