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This page is dedicated to supporting teachers who teach at schools with a law, policy, police or social justice emphasis.
Here is a variety of standards-based lessons, programs, and resources to energize instruction for schools with a law, policy,
law enforcement or social justice emphasis. Lessons include several role-play and simulation activities, mock trials,
writing activities, collaborative small-group work, and more.



Browse our Law-Related Bill of Rights in Action Archives-Free lessons on U.S. History, World Historyy, World History


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  • Criminal Justice in America: the best resource for bringing current criminal-justice issues into your classroom. The text covers issues of crime, police, the criminal case, corrections and juvenile justice.
    Police Patrol
    People v. Kendall: A Mock Trial on Manslaughter, Illegal Contest of Speed, and first amendment Freedom of Speech and Association  HSS Standards: 12.5(1)
    People v. Martin: A Mock Trial on Murder, Cheating, and Fifth Amendment Protection Against Self-Incrimination  HSS Standards: 12.5(1)
  • California v. Greenwood: A Moot Court Fourth Amendment Protection From Unlawful Search and Seizure  HSS Standards: 12.5(1)
    People v. Meadows: A mock trial and lesson on the important right to privacy. Students engage in a criminal trial simulation and learn the fundamentals of due process, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and the jury system.

  • Landmarks: Historic U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: U.S. Supreme Court cases have greatly affected U.S. history. Let your students discover some of the most important cases. Marbury v. Madison (1803) | McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) | Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) | Brown v. Board of Education (1954) | Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) | Miranda v. Arizona (1966) | U.S. v. Nixon (1974) | Regents of UC v. Bakke (1978) | Texas v. Johnson(1989) | Bush v. Gore (2000)

Law-Related Career Center

The Law-Related Career Center provide information about various careers, educational requirements, and levels of compensation.



These CRF programs bring California students in touch with law-related and civic education, 21st century skills, and the principles of constitutional democracy.

Civic Action Project  (CAP) is a project-based learning model for civics and government courses, using web-based technology and strengthening 21st century skills.

Mock Trial helps students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participants in our society.

Courtroom to Classroom (C2C) brings judge and attorney teams to high school classrooms in Southern California where they engage students in PowerPoint-driven lessons and moot court activities.

Expanding Horizons Internships allows students to intern in many of Los Angeles' most prestigious law firms, corporations, and non-profit organizations.


For more interactive lessons and activities on law-related and civic education, explore our supplemental websites:

web_eipEducating About Intellectual Property seeks to educate young people about the role and importance of intellectual property in our society. Students critically examine the laws and policies in place to protect both property and the citizens who use it. Free interactive and engaging multimedia PowerPoints are available on issues of fair use, patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

web_immigEducating About Immigration helps teachers and students address issues of immigration productively and critically. It is a one-stop informational and interactive clearinghouse on topics of U.S. immigration. It provides free lessons for students to learn more about immigration, its history, and current controversies.

web_judgescourtsJudges, Courts, and the Law is a joint effort of CRF and the Judicial Branch of California. Featuring stories, games, and other activities, the site helps students better understand the role that courts play in our democracy.

Research Links to the best Internet research sites. This is the best place to start your Internet research

Famous Trials in World History Links