STREET LAW PROGRAM
In the spring of 2017 ACC Chicago once again conducted its corporate legal diversity pipeline program, an exciting initiative designed to help prime the pipeline to the legal profession for young people from underserved high schools in Chicago and the Northwest suburbs.
This program – developed by ACC in collaboration with the Street Law organization (www.streetlaw.org) - creates partnerships between lawyers and nearby high school law classes serving youth from diverse backgrounds. The idea behind the program is to encourage high school students to continue their educations and to consider careers in the law.
The ACC Chicago Chapter Street Law Program volunteers select which component (city or NW suburbs) is most geographically convenient for them. ACC Chicago has forged relationships with both Chicago Public Schools and the U-46 District; together, we have identified a number of classes that would be grateful for opportunities to partner with in-house counsel through the spring semester.
ACC volunteers visit each of the participating classes, and ACC Chicago brings all of the students to a one-day conference (one for each geographic component) near the end of the spring semester. The program was extremely successful with more than 80 in-house attorney volunteers reaching out to almost 300 promising young students.