Law related education is ideas and ideals taught within other disciplines. It is taught in some form in nearly all classes. LRE is a process in which students learn to become better citizens. It is about real issues and how they affect real people. It is fun to teach and students love coming to classes, which contain LRE lessons. It is a proven way of improving students’ self-image, their attitudes and knowledge. These exciting and effective teaching methods small group work, mock trials, simulations, case studies, and the use of outside resource people in the classroom. It uses lesson plans already developed and classroom ready so that teachers do not have to spend valuable time developing their own.

  • American Bar Association Coalition for Justice: The ABA’s Office of Justice Initiatives is a clearinghouse for information about court improvement efforts of all kinds. www.abanet.org/justice
  • American Bar Association Public Education Law Day Planning Guide: This resource provides sample programs that list more than 100 models of good Law Day programs around the country. Dozens of lessons, covering a range of topics, for all grade levels are also included. www.lawday.org
  • American Bar Association Technical Assistance Bulletin: The ABA Division for Public Education website has a Technical Assistance Bulletin that can be downloaded. www.abanet.org/publiced/tab17.pdf

Links on Character Building/Conflict Management

  • The Character Education Partnership: The Character Education Partnership website is an on-line resource that would be most useful for educators interested in developing or improving a character education initiative in their school or district. A host of links to character education resources and materials are available.www.character.org
  • Conflict Mediation Programs-CRU Institute: This website provides information to educators on how to teach young people effective ways to resolve conflict and to develop ways to cooperate with others. Information includes curriculum created by professional mediators, teacher and parent training information and articles written about peer mediation and its effects on individual development. http://www.cruinstitute.org
  • Southern Poverty Law Center: “Teaching Tolerance” is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It provides videos and lesson plans and also offers small grants to teachers for classroom projects that promote tolerance and celebrate diversity. www.tolerance.org

General Law Related Education Links

  • American Civil Liberties Union: The American Civil Liberties Union offers a variety of law related materials for teachers of all grades.www.aclu.org
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: This website allows people to search for information on all topics. Britannica publishes a review covering notable people and events of every year. This website also includes timelines, a world atlas and “A Biography of the Day” which features information about a famous person who was born on that particular day. http://www.britannica.com
  • The Family Education Network: The Family Education Network provides definitions for a variety of legal terms and describes the consequences of breaking laws in an easy to understand way. It also provides interesting facts about our world including events, science, math and sports. http://www.factmonster.com
  • Law Dictionary: This online legal dictionary provides several definitions for any specific legal term. Definitions may be searched for by typing in the word or phrase or by clicking on the first letter. This website also connects people to legal publications including The American Lawyer, The National Law, New York Law Journal and Legal Times. http://dictionary.law.com
  • Law for Kids Project of Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education: The Law for Kids website provides legal information for children about the fifty states and describes how laws vary nationwide. It includes age appropriate stories, cartoons, games and additional links to law related topics. http://www.lawforkids.org
  • The New York Times Learning Network On the Web:This resource provides an archive of hundreds of free lesson plans for teachers of grades 6 – 12 on a variety of subjects including civics, current events, language arts and social studies. The New York Times in Education Program also provides curriculum guides for teachers of grades 6 – 12. http://nytimes.com/learning/teachers
  • Social Studies School Services: This website highlights a variety of topics such as citizenship, the importance of voting, and regional information/issues about the country. Maps and free lesson plans are included for teachers to use in the classroom. www.socialstudies.com

Links on Judicial Independence

  • American Judicature Society: This website of the American Judicature Society has a very large section on judicial independence. www.ajs.org
  • The Judicial Independence Project: This website discusses ways to combat threats to the independence of the judiciary. www.billofrightsinstitute.org
  • Justice at Stake Campaign: This website defines judicial independence and describes a national partnership whereby organizations are working for fair and impartial courts. www.justiceatstake.org

Links on the Law, the Courts and the Constitution

  • The Bill of Rights Institute: The Bill of Rights Institute offers free lesson plans, a monthly online newsletter, and a summer institute for teachers www.brennancenter.org
  • Courtroom Information Project (CIP): The Courtroom Information Project provides courtroom participants with the visual and technological information they need in preparing for trial in any participating courtroom in the United States via the web. www.courtroominformationproject.org
  • The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education: The Ohio Center for Law Related Education offers educational materials geared toward teachers that focuses on various aspects of the court system. http://www.oclre.org
  • Street Law: A Course in Practical Law: Street Law is a curriculum for students in grades 9-12 that focuses on practical application of the law. This website lists a variety of textbook resources and curriculum guides that provide lesson plans for teachers. Links to specific Law Related Education (LRE) topics that relate specifically to middle and high school students include conflict management, community safety, democracy and human rights. www.streetlaw.org
  • Street Law & Supreme Court Historical Society: Developed by Street Law and The Supreme Court Historical Society, this website provides several resources, activities and lessons related to key Supreme Court cases and concepts mandated by state standards. Teaching recommendations, background summaries and questions are provided for several land mark cases. www.landmarkcases.org
  • Supreme Court Decisions sponsored by Cornell University Law School: This website is a Supreme Court collection of all current and historic decisions sponsored by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell University Law School. www.law.cornell.edu/rules
  • The United States Constitution Online: This website provides the text of the U.S. Constitution in a variety of forms that can be easily understood by children in grades K – 12. It provides a basic definition of the Constitution, an explanation of how it works and its history. This resource can be used by all educators who wish to teach this topic. http://www.usconstitution.net/
  • United States Department of Justice: The United States Department of Justice website offers a link entitled, Justice for Kids and Youth, that provides information on civil rights and courtroom procedures appropriate for children in grades K-12. http://www.usdoj.gov/

Links on Legal Careers

  • Careers in the Law: These websites can be used as resources for mentoring opportunities and educating students about careers in the law. www.americaspromise.org

Links on The Pledge of the Allegiance

  • Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD): This website provides resources and lesson ideas sponsored by the center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD). Its purpose is to assist teachers as they develop lessons for their students on the Pledge of the Allegiance. Other topics include the history and meaning of the pledge, the branches of government, public policy issues, and judicial reasoning as it relates to the pledge. Cartoons are available as a resource to teach about this topic. www.lawanddemocracy.org

School Safety/Improvement Links

  • National Youth Court Center: This website of the National Youth Court Center offers ideas on training volunteers and provides a host of links to youth courts around the country. www.youthcourt.net
  • US Department of Education: This website, “Teacher/Pathfinder An Educational Internet Village”, sponsored by the US Department of Education, provides links to resources on how to improve education. Some of the resources included at this site are: The Improving America’s School Act of 1994 and other publications of the US Department of Education including Improving Child Care and Schools and Strong Families, Strong Schools. Statistics on trends of the well being of American youth compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics are also provided. http://teacherpathfinder.org
  • Youth for Justice: This website addresses the risks of young people in America and provides research on how Law Related Education (LRE) programs can potentially reduce delinquent behaviors. Resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention included on this website are intended to promote law related education and help organizations develop and enhance their programs. www.youthforjustice.org

Links on US Foreign Policy Issues

  • Choices for the 21st Century Program: Choices for the 21st Century is a project of the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown University. The project has created 15 units on contemporary and historical US foreign policy issues. Each unit includes background information, descriptions of options available to the US and extensive teaching suggestions. Recent units are titled “Keeping the Peace in the Age of Conflict: Debating the US Role and Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy. www.choices.edu

Voting Links

  • The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE): Since 2001, CIRCLE has conducted, collected, and funded research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. www.civicyouth.org
  • Close-Up Foundation: Close-Up Foundation is a civic education organization designed to encourage responsible, informed participation in the democratic process. It offers a variety of issue-oriented booklets on social and international affairs that contain background information and a debate section. Special editions of the booklets adapt the materials for lower level readers and for Spanish speaking students. www.closeup.org
  • Rock the Vote: Rock the vote engages youth in the political process by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities. Rock the Vote harnesses cutting-edge trends and pop culture to make political participation appeal to young Americans. www.rockthevote.com
  • The Voters Project Presidential Youth Debate: The New Voters Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing voter turnout among citizens age 18-24 on Election Day. Ideas and suggestions to increase citizen participation are included. www.newvotersproject.org/