The State Bar of Nevada’s Law Related Education (LRE) endeavor inspires young people to become involved in the law and in politics. Many of our We the People and Mock Trial graduates work for Senators and Congresspeople and potentially run for office. Many of our Mock Trial and Project Citizen graduates choose law and public policy careers.

A goal of the State Bar of Nevada programs is to introduce young people to the possibility of careers in law and public service. It is hoped that young people will be influenced by our programs to bring a spirit of service to the public arena, as opposed to being motivated merely by money and power. Read more about each of the bar’s LRE programs below!  To learn more, you can also visit nevadalre.org.


Law Day

Law Day, which recognizes historic accomplishments in the legal profession, occurs around  May 1 every year. Annual Law Day programming is promoted by the ABA, and that association designates a new theme for each year’s events, with activities that vary from year to year. In Nevada, Law Day activities and events are led by a Nevada Supreme Court Justice and promoted by the LRE Department, the Clark County School District and Washoe County School District.  The Nevada Supreme Court has been awarded by the ABA  for the success of Law Day Live activities.  The bar’s Young Lawyers Section also hosts a poster and essay contest as part of Law Day.

High School Mock Trial Competition

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.

Learn more about Mock Trial competitions in Nevada.

Visit the National Mock Trial website.


James Madison Legacy

James Madison Legacy Project

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that will (1) increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students through the professional development of 2,025 teachers, (2) increase the achievement of at least 202,500 students in attaining state standards in civics and government, (3) serve the self-identified professional development needs of a minimum of more than 500 participating schools with significant concentrations of high-need students throughout the United States, and (4) evaluate the relative effectiveness of the Center’s research-validated traditional We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development model enhanced with online resources and a new blended-learning variation of the traditional model that also uses online resources.

The project will focus on identifying cost-effective means of providing widely available professional development programs useful in enhancing the knowledge and skills required of teachers to promote high-need and other students’ attainment of state standards in civics and government.

The James Madison Legacy Project is made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program. Click here for more information.


We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The design of the instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity, makes the program successful with both teachers and students.

Watch this great newsclip about We the People in Nevada: http://watch.knpb.org/video/2365194690/

For more information, visit The Center for Civic Education website.


Goldilocks: Trial of the Century

Presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the state bar, Goldilocks – The Trial of the Century gives fourth graders an introduction to the legal system. Through this program, lawyers visit schools and offer a video presentation of a fictional trial to students along with an explanation of the various elements of a jury trial. At the end, students are asked to act as jury members and decide if Goldilocks is guilty or not guilty.
Downloadable Materials for Southern Nevada:
Downloadable Materials for Northern Nevada:

For more information about civic education programs, visit: www.civiced.org.

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