ERIC Number: ED402234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Law Magnet Programs. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 15.
Nessel, Paula A.
Explaining that interest in law magnet programs has grown substantially in the 1990s, this bulletin analyzes these programs on the basis of information provided by 24 mostly urban magnet schools. The schools in the sample represent the spectrum of law magnet program sizes, organizational structures, and settings. The report defines a law magnet program within the broader context of law-related education (LRE). In law magnet programs, developing an understanding of the law and exploring careers in the legal professions permeate the formal and informal curriculum. Their primary purpose is to prepare students for citizenship, although many students choose magnet schools because they are interested in pursuing careers in law-related professions. The report presents profiles of law magnet schools and the racial and ethnic diversity of the students attending them, sources of funding, course offerings, and community support for the programs. Taking the position that these programs have been successful, the report encourages the establishment of new law magnet programs and provides information on getting programs started, including teacher training and networking information. The report also provides a case study of a program established by a community and another about a program initiated by court order. (LH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Magnet Schools, Social Studies
American Bar Association, Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.