About the Student Press Law Center

Founded in 1974, the Student Press Law Center is an independent, non-partisan 501c(3) which works to promote, support and defend the First Amendment and press freedom rights of high school and college journalists and their advisers. The SPLC is a national organization based in Washington, DC. The SPLC has a 15-member Board of Directors consisting of professional educators, journalists, lawyers, students and others who care deeply about student press freedom. SPLC also has a professional staff who run the legal hotline, design and implement programs, develop educational materials, and conduct training throughout the United States. The SPLC’s headquarters is in Washington, D.C. Over the years, SPLC has had a strong impact in protecting and promoting student press freedom. 

Mission statement

The Student Press Law Center works at the intersection of law, journalism and education to promote, support and defend the First Amendment and press freedom rights of student journalists and their advisers at the high school and college level. The SPLC uses the law to help students of all ages meaningfully participate in civic life and learn essential skills, ethics and values through the vehicle of journalism. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

SPLC’s history: Click here.

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Contact us

Student Press Law Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 211
Washington, D.C. 20036

Phone: (202) 785-5450
Please see contact staff page for email addresses.

If you are a student journalist or adviser with a legal concern, contact our legal hotline to ensure a prompt response.

Support student press rights

To make a secure online contribution using a credit card, use please click here. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  The SPLC is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C.

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