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What is Street Law?

Street Law is a volunteer project in which students of higher, as well as students of secondary specialized legal educational institutions use interactive methods to teach students the basics of law needed in everyday life.

A project on a global scale!

In 1972, in the United States, professors at Georgetown University put forward the idea of the need to improve the level of legal awareness of the population. In their opinion, law university students would be able to transfer to school students the legal knowledge gained from their professors.

As part of this initiative, students of law universities began to teach law to schoolchildren. This was useful both for the students themselves and for the schoolchildren, so the project quickly spread to all US states.

In 1996, Street Law Inc. was founded as an international non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and promote the project around the world. Thanks to this, Street Law project is being run in more than 45 countries, including Uzbekistan.

Street Law in Uzbekistan!

Street Law Program was officially established in Uzbekistan on the basis of the Presidential Decree “On the fundamental improvement of the system of raising legal awareness and legal culture in society” dated January 9, 2019. In the early years, the project was launched by the Tashkent State Law University only in Tashkent. Initially, about 15 volunteers were involved, who conducted lessons in 5 schools. 

Since 2020, Tashkent State Law University, in cooperation with Street Law Inc. (USA), succeeded in establishing a project throughout the country. Nowadays, the project is being implemented in Tashkent by the Tashkent State Law University and the Tashkent City Law College, and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the regions by 13 law colleges located in these administrative-territorial units.

Tashkent State University of Law coordinates project work throughout the country. The university provides methodological assistance to law colleges in the implementation of the project.

As of June 2021, in the 2020-2021 academic year, 610 volunteering students and 97 faculty members took part in the project throughout the republic. In particular, 20 faculty members and 96 students of the Tashkent State Law University took an active part in the project.

The project was implemented in 121 schools located in different regions of the country, 102 of which are located in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and in the regions. 7,250 schoolchildren joined the Street Law classes.

What topics are Street Law classes about?

Currently, the Street Law lessons are taught on the following topics:

1. Do you want to fight for your rights? Get to know them first! (Human rights).

2. Mr. Employer, do you agree to hire a minor employee? (Participation of minors in labor relations).

3. What will you do if the product you bought was defective? (Consumer protection).

4. I am also a full member of my family (The rights of minors in family relations).

5. Is there any responsibility for crimes among minors? (Crimes of minors and responsibility for them).

6. We are for life against corruption (Fight against corruption).

7. Nothing is forever! "nothing lasts forever!" (Environmental protection).

8. Be merciful to our little brothers! (Prevention of cruelty to animals).

What are the advantages of the project?

Street law project serves to form people with a high legal culture in our country by raising the level of legal knowledge and awareness of schoolchildren. The project helps students to find solutions to common legal situations that often occur in everyday life.

Through participation in the project, students develop life skills such as critical and analytical thinking, teamwork, stress and time management, communication. In addition, volunteering students acquire the skill of explaining the laws in a simple, understandable language for the people.

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