About the Student Press Law Center


Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center is 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 to cover important issues free from censorship. 

The SPLC provides free legal information and free or low cost educational materials to student journalists and their advisers. The SPLC also has an Attorney Referral Network of approximately 215 lawyers across the country who are available to provide free legal representation to students when necessary.Annually, about 2,000 student journalists, advisers and others contact the SPLC for help.

The SPLC is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C.


Mission statement

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.

Contact us

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 concern, please use our legal request form. If you have general questions about SPLC, its website and initiatives, or want a staff person to speak at your conference, contact Diana Mitsu Klos. SPLC staff are also available to conduct Skype or Google Hangouts training with student newsrooms and classes.

If you are a member of the media, contact Hadar Harris or Diana Mitsu Klos.

Support student press rights

To make a secure online contribution using a credit card, use our online form. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  

We also offer memberships for high school and college news organizations and state/regional journalism groups.