Have you ever tried to play a game without knowing the rules? It can be difficult. The same is true about the law. By holding kids accountable to the law without teaching them the law, we are asking for trouble.
This program presents Nevada law to middle school students and those involved with the juvenile justice system in an interesting and thought-provoking way. Taught by teams of teachers and law enforcement officers, the students gain knowledge, critical thinking skills and the attitudes necessary for success.
In Clark and Washoe Counties, 5th – 12th grade students spend a morning in the U.S. District Court and the state court to gain first-hand knowledge of both Federal and Nevada civil and criminal judicial systems. The students view actual trials and court procedures from jury selection to sentencing.
To prepare students for the court experience, teachers are given study guides explaining the processes and the terminology common to the court system. Judges and other personnel spend time answering questions in their courtrooms.
Utilizing the Center for Civic Education’s Foundations of Democracy curriculum, K-5 students explore four basic principles: Authority, Privacy, Responsibility and Justice.
Through exciting and stimulating activities, children gain an understanding of our democracy and develop the skills and motivation needed to become effective and participating citizens.
As important as many current legal issues are, information in the media can be confusing and misleading. REAL Drama uses a short play to present current controversial legal issues.
The first REAL Drama curriculum and play focuses on immigration. The play involves the common occurrence of a family of mixed status involved in the legal process. To prepare for the play, students study the history of U.S. immigration law, the responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security. The second REAL Drama focuses on Privacy Law. In Clark County we are fortunate to be able to provide live performances with a cast of students from the Las Vegas Academy. In other school districts, students in the classes do the acting.
Project REAL educates K-12 students about the principles of democracy, law and the responsibilities of citizenship.
Bringing law and civic education back to Nevada’s classrooms, we offer a variety of programs. Find out more on our program pages.
All programs are provided to schools at no cost.