Street Law Based CLE: A Student-Impact-Assessment


  • Asnida Mohd Suhaimi University of Malaysia Faculty of Law
  • Nur Farzana Mohd Zulkifli University of Malaysia Faculty of Law



The term ‘Street Law’ authentically refers to the specially-created, experimental teaching syllabus developed by a group of students of the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C., United States of America in 1972. The syllabus merged legal content together with unconventional teaching methods, taking the ‘law’ out of the typical lecture-classroom setting directly to its intended target audience: non-laywer members of society; aiming to educate them in basic legal principles in simple and practical ways so that it would be easier for the audience to comprehend. The defining character of the course, i.e. its straight-forward connection to its ‘on-the-streetlearners’ became its own name. In fact, it took on an identity of its own becoming a recognized part of the legal curriculum and the founding brand-name of a non-profit, non-governmental organisation known as Street Law Inc, based in the state of Maryland, USA as early as 1986.

Author Biographies

Asnida Mohd Suhaimi, University of Malaysia Faculty of Law

Asnida Mohd Suhaimi graduated with LLB and LLM from University of Malaya and is a qualified advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in Malaysia. Since joining the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya as a tutor in 2006 she has been actively involved in various CLE programmes in Malaysia and has conducted street law CLE training programmes for other institutions in Indonesia and Vietnam. She is currently one of the supervisors for the Community Outreach Programme, a CLE programme at University of Malaya.

Nur Farzana Mohd Zulkifli, University of Malaysia Faculty of Law

Nur Farzana Mohd Zulkifli graduated with LLB from University of Malaya and is currently an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. She was one the most active members of the Community Outreach Programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, having been a member since her first year and was elected as the Deputy Director of the programme in 2009. Her responsibilities included teaching, training of members, programme planning and lesson plandevelopments for the programme. After graduation, she occasionally trains the members of the Community Outreach Programme for the teambuilding session and lesson plan development.