ERIC Number: ED364463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Bar Association Database Continues To Grow. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 10.
As part of the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship's efforts to assist in the establishment and maintenance of law related education (LRE) projects in every state and local bar association, surveys were mailed to the associations. The results of the survey showed that 49 state bar associations and 133 local bar associations reported conducting law related education activities. This document summarizes what the bars are doing, how they are staffed and funded, and what kinds of materials they provide to educate young people about the bar. The bulletin provides an overview of what is possible when lawyers and educators collaborate. More than half of the state bar associations reported having at least one staff person designated to be responsible for law related education activities. Some of the major functions carried out by the staff are the development of curriculum materials or assignment of topics to members of the bar; providing lawyer volunteers for classroom teachers; setting up mock trial programs or competitions; and conducting court visitation programs. The most popular activities for bar associations are the mock trial programs and the lawyer in the classroom programs. Developing effective LRE resource materials and curriculum requires two kinds of expertise. Knowledge of substantive and procedural law assures accuracy, but must be coupled with educational know-how if complex legal concepts are to be translated into a language young people can understand. Both lawyers and teachers must work cooperatively to combine the expertise of the two disciplines. (DK)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Law Related Education, Lawyers, Learning Activities, Programs, Resource Materials, School Community Relationship, Student Responsibility, Student Rights, Surveys, Teacher Education
American Bar Association Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.