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Director's Welcome

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Jessi TamayoEach year, over a dozen second and third year law students are chosen as "Street Lawyers" who commit to reach out to teens in Miami and teach law. Being a "professor" of law each week is an invaluable service as well as a guaranteed methodology for learning the law in greater depth and honing one’s skills in public speaking.

In Miami STREET Law, our mission is to serve our community by inspiring critical thinking and social awareness at the high school, undergraduate and law school levels through exploring contemporary legal, moral and ethical issues and dilemmas. Law students create their own lessons through researching legal issues of interest to them and customizing their legal teachings to the needs and interests of the high school students. I am continually delighted by the intellect, compassion and abilities of those who join Miami STREET Law. Their commitment to learning the law and to serving our community is inspirational.

If you are one of those unique people who love the law and believe service to others is imperative, please apply to join our team of committed folks in Miami STREET Law.

Jessi Tamayo, J.D.
Miami STREET Law Director
Lecturer in Law

  • Miami STREET Law participants teach a wide array of topics, including torts, criminal law, family law, constitutional law, court systems and landlord/tenant law.
  • Over 15,000 South Florida students have participated in the STREET Law program since 2001.
  • STREET Law is currently conducted at more than 90 law schools across the country and in more than countries.


Jessi TamayoJessi Tamayo directs the STREET Law Program and teaches courses in Professional Responsibility. Prior to joining Miami Law she was the Associate Director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics and taught courses in Professional Responsibility at Fordham Law School in New York City.

You can also watch former Director Karen Throckmorton discuss how the STREET Law Program provides experiential learning and benefits to Miami Law students as well as the South Florida community. Watch video.


Video iconHear the personal story of 3L Rob Collins which inspired him to want to become a Street Lawyer. Watch video

Video iconFor ideas on how to positively impact a teen's life through STREET LAW, listen to 3L Nico Pelleya's ideas on pertinent topics and the challenges and rewards of being a Street Lawyer. Watch video

Video icon3L Rob Weaver discusses the areas of the law which interest teens at Miami Senior High and the power of a Street Lawyer to be a positive role model. Watch video

Video iconHear Tamara Kosic's views on the rewards of being a Street Lawyer in two very different venues: in a correctional population of female convicted teenaged felons; and in a huge inner city school in Miami. Watch video


See Photos of Miami STREET Law Camp