Legal Life Skills Lessons (complete curriculum) (PDF version)

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  • Format: 20 .PDF lesson plans, plus access to web-based ancillary materials (individual units are also available for sale)
  • Ideal for: Youth (grade 8 and up) and adults 
  • Written by: Lena Morreale Scott
  • © 2017 Street Law, Inc. 
  • The purchaser of this product may duplicate the student materials in this text for use in her or his classroom/educational program. Permissions questions? Email

Lesson Index 

Unit 1: Housing & Employment Law

  1. Negotiating & Signing a Residential Lease [Sample Lesson Plan]
  2. Rights & Responsibilities After Moving Into a Rental Property
  3. Interviewing for a Job: Know Your Strengths & Your Rights
  4. Rights & Responsibilities in the Workplace

Unit 2: Financial Literacy

  1. Introduction to Credit
  2. Applying for Credit
  3. Avoiding & Resolving Credit Problems
  4. Banking Basics

Unit 3: Personal and Public Safety

  1. The True Costs of Crime
  2. Dating & Sexual Assault
  3. Triggers: Skills for Managing Anger
  4. Rights & Responsibilities During an Arrest
  5. Use of Force or Deadly Force
  6. Restorative Justice & Supporting Victims of Crime
  7. Child Abuse & Neglect: Reducing Risk. Building Resilience,
  8. Traffic Stops: Your Rights & Responsibilities

Unit 4: The Court System, Public Policy, & Civic Engagement

  1. Introduction to Criminal Law: Should It Be a Crime?
  2. Introduction to the Juvenile Justice System
  3. What Does a Good Citizen Know, Believe, and Do?
  4. Gun Laws: What Are They? What Should They Be?


Street Law's empowering Legal Life Skills lessons are a great option for youth-serving organizations wishing to integrate education about the law into their program offerings. The lessons are designed to boost participant knowledge and build key life skills, like conflict resolution, decision-making, communication, analytical thinking, and advocacy.

The lesson library is an ideal fit for organizations serving:

  • Youth in the juvenile justice system
  • Youth in the child welfare system
  • Crossover youth who are impacted by multiple systems
  • Re-entry youth and adults
  • LGBTQ+ youth
  • Homeless youth and adults
  • Youth in alternative education settings
  • Girls and women
  • Survivors of intimate partner violence

Street Law is available to partner with organizations wishing to train their staff to implement a Legal Life Skills Program