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About Educational Outreach

This site, produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, is designed to be the go-to destination for basic, practical information about the federal court system. The objectives of the content, events, and multimedia resources, are to inform, involve, and inspire visitors.

These original, courtroom-ready and classroom-ready resources are the centerpiece of the federal courts’ national and local educational outreach to high school students and their teachers. They simplify complex concepts and motivate participants to serve on juries willingly when called. Please let us know how we are doing.

Unique Niche: Courts, Judges, and Teen Issues
Classroom and courtroom activities apply contemporary Supreme Court cases to today’s teen issues, creating a unique niche in civics education.  Court simulations offer real-life experiences with judges and attorneys at local federal courthouses. All participants are involved in the courtroom action, most importantly, as jurors.  The activities are supported by interactive web resources and multimedia tools, including videos and podcasts on court fundamentals.

Local Court Involvement
Federal judges across the nation host in-court events for high school students and programs for teachers. To find a nearby federal court, go to the court locator or contact the National Outreach Manager at Outreach@ao.uscourts.gov.

Interactive Learning Experiences
Classroom and courtroom activities and simulations include:

  • Constitution Activities
    Participate in court-community events and in trial simulations with judges, lawyers, and others.
  • Federal Court Activities
    Discover the impact of the Bill of Rights on law-abiding citizens today. Apply Supreme Court cases to contemporary teen situations.
  • Legal Concepts
    Discussion starters bring Constitutional principles into the lives of teens.

Standards and Best Practices
Teachers use these classroom-ready resources and activities that are aligned with national standards and law-related education best practices, including: