ERIC Number: ED375014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Education in the Law: Promoting Citizenship in the Schools. OJJDP Update on Programs. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Sweet, Robert W., Jr.
This article describes the law-related education (LRE) programs instituted by the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). By linking legal and constitutional matters to everyday life, the programs aim to bring alive for elementary through high school students legal statutes that often strike youth as arbitrary and prohibitive. Together with the American Bar Association, the Center for Civic Education, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the National Institute for Citizen Education, and the Phi Alpha Delta Public Service Center, the OJJDP provides training, curriculum, teaching materials, and local contacts to help schools develop LRE programs. The distinguishing characteristics of LRE are creativity and adaptability. This is illustrated by describing the diversity of programs in place across the United States. The approaches to teaching LRE include mock trials, case studies, and visits by experts in the law. The curriculum of the programs cover constitutional, civil, and criminal law. For teachers and administrators interested in pursuing LRE, the article provides a guide to the organizations willing to provide them with assistance. (JD)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Note: Reprinted from NIJ Reports No. 218 January/February 1990.