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Miami STREET Law is modeled after the clinic developed by Georgetown Law students in 1972 to teach high school students about practical aspects of the law and the legal system. Today, the Miami STREET Law Program teaches law, public policy and ethics to students in Miami-Dade County public and private schools.


  • STREET Law is a 2-credit class.
  • The class requires weekly or biweekly teaching of law at a local high school, jail, juvenile justice facility or community center.
  • The law students in the program are known as "Street Lawyers."
  • These Street Lawyers are paired in teams that consist of two interns, who are in their first year in the Program, and one fellow, who is in his/her second year of the Program.
  • Each team is assigned to teach at a different affiliated school for a full academic year.

In addition to the time dedicated to teaching, law students have a class that meets twice a week in which they study the STREET Law text, design their curricula for their schools, and practice teaching.

Affiliated Schools

Miami STREET Law — which is modeled after the national STREET Law Program — was started in 2001. Law students initially began teaching law at two schools: Miami Senior High and the Palmer Trinity School. Since then, the STREET Law Program has expanded to more schools across Miami-Dade County.

2013-2014 Miami STREET LAW Sites

2012-2013 Fellows & Interns

Trisha Ojea
Vanessa Joseph
Jordan Holmes
Eric Shalolashvili
Ryan Clancy
Shelby Carlson
Ian Fels
Jessalyn Rubio
Ian Fels
Jessalyn Rubio
Octavia Green
Hellen Perez
Adrienne Scheffey
Jose Vazquez
David Coulter
Fernando Javier Langa


Aaron Ahlzadeh
JC Zamora
Denise Roberson
Amir Whitaker
Daniel Butler
Josh Truppman

  • 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