Rule of Law Education Curriculum

Street Law has worked with partners on six continents to develop a series of 14 lessons to teach young people about the basic elements of rule of law using its signature, interactive, skill-building methodology. 

Vision & Goal

Street Law envisions communities where rule of law is strong—with fair, equal laws and policies; open and transparent government; and respect for fundamental human rights—powered by an engaged citizenry.

Through this initiative, Street Law strives to inspire and equip young people to

  1. believe that the rule of law is important
  2. have high expectations of their government and leaders
  3. advocate for rule of law in their communities


Street Law aims to work with communities to build a culture of rule of law from the ground up. Through partnerships with local civil society organizations, Street Law will offer young people  the opportunity to learn about how their government works, the rule of law, and how to advocate for changes that will improve their communities.

A strong foundation of rule of law is fundamental for communities that want to offer opportunity and equality to their citizens. While vital, it is not enough to work only with government institutions, political leaders, or the professional legal community to create that foundation. Rule of law will only exist in communities where the people are committed to it—where there is a culture of support for rule of law. We can help build communities that strive to achieve and ensure the rule of law.

Street Law’s powerful programs have been proven to increase knowledge of the law, build the skills necessary for engaging in civic life, and instill beliefs in the importance of law and civic engagement.

The Lessons

The first seven lessons focus on learning specific rule of law concepts (e.g., transparency, accountability, judicial independence, etc.). In the remaining lessons, students design, implement, and reflect on a community-based rule of law project. 

  1. Defining the Rule of Law
  2. Exploring Factors of Rule of Law
  3. Assessing Rule of Law in My Community
  4. Accessing My Government
  5. Limiting Government Power
  6. Controlling Corruption and the Abuse of Power
  7. Ensuring an Independent Judiciary
  8. Identifying Causes and Consequences of Problems  
  9. Prioritizing Problems to Solve
  10. Developing Expertise
  11. Proposing Solutions
  12. Advocating for Your Goal
  13. Publicizing Your Efforts and Taking Action
  14. Assessing Your Project and Celebrating Your Successes

Learn more about the lessons and learning outcomes.

Initial funding for the development and field-testing of Street Law's Rule of Law Education Program lesson bank was provided by the International Bar Association Foundation in 2015.

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Ben Perdue

Director, International Programs