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. 

Our Mission

SPLC promotes, supports and defends the First Amendment and free press rights of student journalists and their advisers.

Our Vision

SPLC envisions a world where all student journalists are respected, know their rights, and are protected by law to express themselves freely as full and essential members of a healthy democratic society. 

SPLC’s history: Click here.

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Contact us

Student Press Law Center
1717 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20006

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.