ERIC Number: ED175750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
A Research Paper on the Status of Law-Focused Education in the United States, 1978-1979.
Morrison, Deanna M.
This overview of law-focused education in the United States traces the legal education movement from 1962 to the present and discusses the functions and advantages of legal programs. Current efforts to revitalize legal instruction are the result of the ineffectiveness of past teaching approaches, a growing legal consciousness in the average adult, and the involvement of the legal profession in promoting legal literacy. Organizations formed to meet these challenges include the National Assembly on Teaching the Principles of the Bill of Rights, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Law in American Society Project, and the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship. As a result, the number of law related programs, teaching materials, and teacher institutes has increased dramatically. An interdisciplinary approach, experiential learning, and teacher education efforts are common to all of these programs. Areas covered in secondary level courses include consumer law, criminal law, drug use and abuse, school law, plea bargaining, and recidivism. Students are involved in simulated trials, court visits, values clarification exercises, legal research, and legal brief writing. The major strength of law focused programs is that by focusing on the real and the current, they provide considerable motivational value. Lists of nationwide legal education projects, examples of these projects, and types of funding for current projects are provided. (KC)
Descriptors: Background, Citizenship, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Legal Education, National Organizations, Relevance (Education), Social Studies, State of the Art Reviews, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to poor reproducibility of original document