ERIC Number: ED365606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Law Day Partnerships. Bar/School Partnership Programs.
Law Day is an annual event through which schools and communities commemorate the U.S. legal system. The observance provides an opportunity for schools and bar associations to educate youngsters about the role of law and lawyers in a democratic society. Such events can help generate interest for ongoing law related education (LRE) programs in the schools, while fostering working relationships between schools, lawyers, judges, police, and other community resources. Such a program should begin with meetings among the participating parties, who should work together to develop lessons. Activities should offer students opportunities to interact with each other and with the resource people. Teachers should meet with the lawyers ahead of time to clarify teaching techniques and how the lesson fits into the curriculum. With advance planning, Law Day can evolve into law weeks, with many participants in the legal system taking part. A successful LRE program requires the support of school administrators and the local bar. Media coverage also can contribute to community support. A sample memo to principals and a school participation request form are included. (SG)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Community Involvement, Court Litigation, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Lawyers, Legal Problems, School Business Relationship, Social Studies, Units of Study
American Bar Association, Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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.