LegalWays: Sources of Law and the Courts
By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak, Learning Law and Democracy Foundation
From Unit 1 of LegalWays, a curriculum designed to teach a variety of legal topics of interest to young people. This lesson is the first of four lessons on the legal system and it provides a brief introductory reading on the court system with guiding questions. Lesson can be followed by lessons on Juvenile Court, right to an attorney, and Conciliation Court (small claims court).
Students will understand that there are different courts and that the courts handle different kinds of cases. (Lesson 1: Sources of Law and the Courts)
Students will know the basic functions and procedures of two courts that they might be involved in: juvenile court and conciliation court (Lesson 2: Juvenile Court and Lesson 4: Conciliation Court)
Students will know the importance of their right to an attorney and when the right is available to them. (Lesson 3: Your Right to an Attorney)
Time to Complete
One class period (Lesson 1)
- LegalWays Curriculum Overview
- Legal System Teaching Guide
- Student Handout Sources of Law and the Courts
- FAQs on Conciliation Court
This curriculum was funded by Grant No. 95-JS-FX-0300 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. 1998. 2000. Revised 2011.