Twice a week this spring, a group of second- and third-year Loyola University law students headed to class - not on their home campus but at high schools across New Orleans. They were going as teachers, telling high-schoolers about the rudiments of the legal system in a program called Street Law, a 44-year-old national initiative that informs students about the law and their basic rights.
Because topics can include family law, constitutional rights and matters such as child support and maneuvering through the legal system, these classes "present a forum for them to encounter topics that apply to them," law student Jack Stanton said.
Stanton and Kyle Wooderson, both third-year law students, took the Street Law program to Eleanor McMain Secondary School. On a recent spring day, they led about a dozen students through a discussion of assault - the intent to cause harm, coupled with a show of force - and battery, which involves physical contact.