Nevada Law Related Education

 

 


 

The State Bar of Nevada's LRE section helps children grades K-12 learn about the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities through activities that promote cooperative learning, problem solving, and positive interactions between them and members of the legal community.

Mock Trial

Local country bar associations provide attorneys to serve as lawyers and judges for mock trial demonstrations. Selected students serve as defendants, plaintiffs, and witnesses. These demonstrations are held in conjunction with Law Day (May 1).

The State Bar of Nevada coordinates the High School Mock Trial Competition. Teams of six to eight students take on the roles of lawyer and witnesses in a mock trial. Local attorneys and teachers coach the teams for the competition, held at district, state, and national levels.

We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution

Elementary through high school students study the Constitution, with emphasis on the Bill of Rights. Simulated congressional hearings are held as a culminating activity. Competition is available at district, state, and national levels.

Law Day

This annual program, held on May 1, is designed to recognize the legal profession. Activities vary from year to year and are developed around a national theme. Law Day events are promoted locally by the State Bar of Nevada's Young Lawyers Section and local county or regional bar associations through school and community groups.

The State Bar of Nevada coordinates the High School Mock Trial Competition. Teams of six to eight students take on the roles of lawyer and witnesses in a mock trial. Local attorneys and teachers coach the teams for the competition, held at district, state, and national levels.

Youth Act

An empowering program designed to help develop necessary leadership skills in youth to help them advocate for meaningful changes in their communities. Groups of youth will work with adults to identify problems within the community and will formulate a plan of action to bring about change that will benefit the community at large. Youth will develop skills for life that will enable them to be leaders in their community for years to come.

Representative Democracy in America

Representative Democracy in America: Voices of the People is a national project designed to reinvigorate and educate Americans about the critical relationship between government and the people it serves. The project introduces citizens, particularly young people, to the representatives, institutions, and processes that serve to realize the goal of a government of, by, and for the people.

Project Citizen

This civic education program is for students in 6th through 9th grades. Students explore public policy in relation to identified problems in their community, and prepare a portfolio describing the problem, identifying alternative solutions, selecting the best resolution, and formulating an action plan. Competition is available at district, state, and national levels.

 

(both We the People and Project Citizen are programs of and are funded by the Center for Civic Organization)

Community Works (Teens, Crime and the Community)

An interactive, user-friendly crime prevention curriculum for 6th through 12th grade age groups. The program teaches youth how to examine violence and law related issues in the context of their schools and communities and apply what they learn to real-life circumstances. Students/youth will participate in lessons on such topics as handguns, substance abuse and drug trafficking, gangs, shoplifting, hate crimes, dating violence, conflict management, vandalism and others. Youth will also become engaged in action projects for their schools or communities; these will be projects which enable youth to put their learning to good use.

Community Service Learning

 

Service learning enhances students' education and development through active participation. Activities stimulate individual growth and skill building, along with group cooperation. Youth improve their self image, develop needed life skills, and make meaningful contributions to their schools and communities. T

he program incorporates what is learned in the classroom and allows students to apply their skills and knowledge to practical situations.

 

Lesson Plans Commemorating September 11, 2001:

The anniversaries of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, and the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, provide us an opportunity to reflect upon who we are as Americans, examine our most fundamental values and principles and affirm our commitment
to them, and evaluate progress toward the realization of American ideals and propose actions that might narrow the gap between these ideals and reality.

Here are some free lesson plans designed to accomplish these goals.

60 Second Podcast

60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.
 

 

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