Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been the nation's only legal assistance agency devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to cover important issues free from censorship. The SPLC provides free legal advice and information as well as low-cost educational materials for student journalists on a wide variety of topics. In addition, the SPLC operates a formal Attorney Referral Network of approximately 150 lawyers across the country who are available to provide free legal representation to local students when necessary. Approximately 2,500 student journalists, teachers and others contact the SPLC each year from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The SPLC is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) corporation. The SPLC is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization is run by an executive director and a corporate board of directors composed primarily of journalism educators, journalists and attorneys. The SPLC is supported by contributions from student journalists and other interested individuals as well as donations from foundations and corporations.
Video by 2016 SPLC intern Brooke Bean.
The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.
To write to or call us with general inquiries:
Student Press Law Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 211
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 785-5450
Fax: (202) 822-5045
If you have a legal question, please use our legal request form. If you have a question about any of SPLC's publications, including the website and magazine, please contact Madeline Will. If you are a member of the media, please contact Frank LoMonte or Adam Goldstein.
To invite a representative from the SPLC to speak at your conference, school or college, please email Frank LoMonte. SPLC staff are also available to Skype with students or newsrooms.
To make a secure online contribution using your credit card, use our online form. We also offer individual and institutional memberships. If you have any questions about donating, please contact Karin Flom.