Center for Law & Civic Education

The Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education (ACLCE) is dedicated to educating young citizens in the areas of civic knowledge, skills and responsibilities.  ACLCE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic organization established in June 1990, is a nationally recognized resource and training center for teachers, school resource officers and community leaders.  It is located inside Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. ACLCE is a non-partisan organization and the only entity of its kind in Alabama that provides civic and law-related education. The goal of ACLCE is to prepare youth to become active, engaged and informed participants in a democratic society.

There are two programs in which Cumberland School of Law students can get involved: We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Cumberland Street Law. ACLCE seeks volunteers to work with students and teachers in the public and private schools in the area.  These opportunities for community involvement are a benefit to the law student as well as students who are enriched by the participation. 

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a program offered to middle and high school students. It studies the history and principles behind the American constitutional democracy.   The program’s culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing, wherein students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge while they evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.  The law student volunteers become familiar with the state questions for the Alabama Simulated Congressional Hearings which are held the first week in December. Using the information learned in the training seminar, the volunteers help mentor/coach students at one or more of the participating schools. 

Cumberland Street Law

Cumberland Street Law is an outreach delinquency prevention program for students in Birmingham schools. Law student volunteers receive training in how to teach juvenile law and citizenship lessons for the students.  The annual program lasts for seven weeks with weekly training sessions. Any level law student may participate. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the programs may contact Alan Stevens at asteven4@samford.edu or 205-726-2784.