About the Student Press Law Center

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  covering 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 215 lawyers across the country who are available to provide free legal representation to local students when necessary. Approximately 2,500 student journalists, advisers 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 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.

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

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 general questions about SPLC, its website and publications, contact Diana Mitsu Klos. If you are a member of the media, contact Hadar Harris

Where we've visited (2016)

To invite a representative from the SPLC to speak at your conference, school or college, please email Hadar Harris. 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 making a tax deductible donation, please contact Diana Mitsu Klos.