Outreach for Legal Literacy
Outreach for Legal Literacy (OLL) provides a valuable learning experience for both elementary students in Monroe County and law students at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. OLL offers law students a unique and rewarding opportunity to have a positive impact on the community while teaching elementary school students basic legal concepts. The goal of the program is to provide role models for local elementary school students while helping develop the students’ self-confidence, critical thinking skills, and oral advocacy skills. OLL was founded in 1994 by Professor Aviva Orenstein.
Small groups of volunteer law students teach in classrooms throughout Monroe County. OLL volunteers teach approximately six lessons per semester. The teaching methods emphasize active learning. During the first semester, the lessons focus on the U.S. Constitution and the role of law in our society. The first lesson plan is a basic introduction to law and the legal system. During the second semester, OLL volunteers will help students prepare for a mock trial, the crowning event of the year. The mock trial offers the students an opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned throughout the year while acting as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, or jury members.
- Nell C. Collins, President
- Payton Hoff, School and Teacher Relations Coordinator
- Monica McCoskey, Recruitment and Volunteer Coordinator
- Mary Morris, Events and Logistics Coordinator
- Monica Wright, Curriculum and Resource Development Coordinator