The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Suffolk Law was founded in 2010 by Professors Michael Avery and Kim McLaurin to empower high school students to be responsible citizens and participants in the democratic process.
Each year, law students accepted into the year-long program - known as Marshall-Brennan Fellows - study constitutional law and simultaneously teach it to Boston-area high school students in urban minority population areas.
Marshall-Brennan Fellows also enroll in a weekly seminar course, Constitutional Justice in School, taught by Professors Kim McLaurin and Bob Smith. The seminar course focuses on constitutional law for high school students, including free speech for students, separation of church and school, search and seizure in school, equal protection against race discrimination, and due process in school. The weekly seminar also affords Fellows the opportunity to explore pedagogical problems in teaching constitutional law. Coinciding with their coursework, Fellows teach in pairs at local high schools throughout the year.
About the Marshall-Brennan Project
Suffolk Law's program is a chapter of a national program based at American University Washington College of Law, which aims to "uplift constitutional understanding, advance democratic values, and promote young people’s engagement in politics and government.”
Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competitions
As part of the teaching experience, Fellows also work with high school students to prepare for a regional moot court competition each year. The winners of the regional competition are invited to compete in the National Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition.
In additional to earning course credits in the weekly seminar, Fellows are eligible for credit under the Suffolk Law Pro Bono Program for the teaching component of the Project.
All Suffolk Law students in good academic standing who are not in their final year are eligible to apply. Due to time constraints, Fellows may not participate in any clinical program while enrolled in the Project. Constitutional Law is a prerequisite.
To apply, please submit the following materials via Symplicity (click on the OCI tab and choose the “Marshall-Brennan” session) by March 6, 2014 by 10am:
- Unofficial law school transcript;
- Personal statement (upload as “cover letter”) - the personal statement should be 500-700 words in length and should describe your interest in participating in the Project and what you would like to achieve through this unique class experience and through teaching at a local high school; and
- Information document (upload as “other document”) - please submit a separate document listing: Whether you have completed any of the following classes and, if yes, during which semester(s): Constitutional Law, Children and the Law, Criminal Procedure, and Family Law; Any language skills; Any teaching experience, specifying the length of time, grade, topic, and school.
The application period opens on February 10, 2014. There is no advantage to applying early.
March 6, 2014 by 10am.
A Marshall-Brennan Information Session will take place in February 2014. Check back soon for details.