Financial Literacy Project

What is the Financial Literacy Project?

  • The Financial Literacy Project is a partnership project with the Access to Justice Institute and Middle College High School, which is located on the Seattle University Campus.
  • The Financial Literacy Project helps prepare students to be "real-world ready", particularly given the ever rising costs of education, the prevalence of credit card scams targeting young people, and a general lack of knowledge about interest rates and budgets.
  • SU Law students help facilitate group activities and teach, using a curriculum developed by CENTS and the Federal Trade Commission.

How Does the Financial Literacy Project Work?

  • SU law students teach weekly financial literacy classes to Middle College High School students, covering topics such as credit reporting, opening a bank account, and renters rights.
  • Law students work with students in both large and small group settings, leading group activities and lessons.
  • Classes are held at Middle College High School, located on the Seattle University campus.

Why Should Law Students Get Involved?

    • Learn more about consumer rights.
    • Develop leadership skills through program management and youth mentorship.
    • Get experience collaborating with many different partners including youth, teachers, and lawyers.
    • Develop public speaking and teaching skills through in-class instruction.
    • What Kind of Commitment Do Law Students Need to Make to Be Involved?
    • Students must commit to approximately 1.5-2 hours per week from Feb 7 - March 14 and April 4-25, 
    • Attend (or view online) one 2-hour training.

How Do I Apply and Who Do I Contact For More Information?

  • Contact Patricia Sully, Assistant Director of the Access to Justice Institute at, to express interest in volunteering or with any questions.

Amy Pritchard '09, and Stacey Lara, Center for Professional Development