Become a FIRE Free Speech Defender

FIRE provides students with opportunities and support to defend free speech with hands-on experience and training.

Opportunities for Students

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Learn Your Rights!


Knowing your civil liberties is the first step towards taking action for the causes you care about. When you Learn with FIRE, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics, including free speech and due process, designed by our expert staff. 


Student defenders know their colleges’ policies — and they know what your rights are.

Know your rights, defend your rights

Student Defenders

When a college student is accused of violating the code of conduct, they may feel lost, anxious, and scared about their future. That’s where Student Defenders come in. Student Defenders are trained as conduct advisors and work to protect the right to due process, or the right to fair treatment in a disciplinary process, for all students.

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Your campus activism promotes free speech for all students.

As a student on campus, your voice is critical to securing free expression at your school. These campus activism tools will enable you to effect change on your campus.


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VIDEO: The History of Free Speech with The Nomadic Professor

History of Free Speech


How has the concept of free speech been perceived throughout history? How did Socrates, the printing press, and the internet affect people’s right to free speech? Take the journey through history and around the world with The Nomadic Professor to explore this long and fascinating thread of human history.

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How Does Your School Compare?

Find out how well your school’s policies protect the free speech rights of students and faculty.

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You aren’t alone in defending yourself.

Campus Rights Advocacy

Need help defending your free speech rights? FIRE may be able to help.

Submit a Case

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