Updated March 18, 2009.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg; updated by Melia Mauer Cossette, Law Librarianship Intern.
The following websites focus on government, legal, and law-related information and materials for kids and young people. This guide also contains links to legal resources for youth in Washington State.
American Bar Association, Youth Education, Law-Related Education
Describes programs, projects, and publications on law in education.
American Civil Liberties Union, Student Rights and Stand Up with the ACLU
Addresses discrimination, dress codes and uniforms, drug testing, freedom of expression, sexuality, and other topics.
Arizona Bar Foundation and Arizona Supreme Court, Law for Kids
Covers laws affecting youth, personal stories, and links to related websites.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government: U.S. Government Websites for Kids
Links to kid- and youth-oriented websites maintained by federal government agencies. Arranged by subject. Contains material suitable for K-12 and parents/teachers.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
"Educating tomorrow's citizens" on the Bill of Rights, school violence, and other issues.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Kids' Page
Designed for children and parents to learn about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories and interactives. Material is categorized by grade: K-5 and 6-12. Includes information on the history of the FBI, famous fugitives and Internet safety.
Street Law Online
Focuses on law, democracy, and human rights in the United States and around the world. Includes information on street law programs and publications.
Student Gateway to the U.S. Government
A website for college and pre-college students, with contributions from numerous federal government agencies and higher education organizations.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Civics and Citizenship Study Materials
Offers flash cards, study guides, and sample U.S. history and government questions in English and Spanish (some also in Chinese). Not specifically intended for kids but easy to understand.
US Justice Dep't, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Juvenile Justice
Contains publications on a variety of juvenile justice issues, including alternatives to incarceration, crime in schools, gangs, curfews, gun violence, and delinquency prevention.
US House of Representatives, How Our Laws Are Made
Describes the legislative process, the role of committees, debates, the budget process, and presidential approval.
US Supreme Court, About the Supreme Court
Contains an overview and documents on the Court's traditions, procedures, caseloads, building, and judicial biographies.
Washington Courts, A Citizen's Guide to Washington Courts
Describes the court system and structure, the trial process, types of cases, alternative dispute resolution, financing the courts, and judicial discipline.
Washington State Legislature, Kids' Page
Covers how Washington laws are enacted, state symbols, a capitol trivia game, links to state agency pages intended for kids and youth, and information on the Senate and House page programs.
American Bar Association, Division for Public Education, Directory of Undergraduate Programs of Legal Studies & Law and Undergraduate Programs of Legal Studies & Law and Society
Identifies programs offered at more than 60 US and Canadian colleges and universities.
Findlaw, Law School Homepages
Links to homepages of US law schools.
Hieros Gamos, Considering Law School and Preparing for Law School
Links to pre-law materials.
Princeton Review, Law Schools & Careers
Offers a career assessment quiz and information on what it takes to excel in law school, reasons for considering law school, alternative careers for lawyers, 1st year curriculum and overview, advice for women and minority students, survival tips, and the Socratic method.
US Labor Dep't, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Lawyers and Judicial Workers
Describes working conditions, qualifications, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations.
SYLAW (Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington)
Provides civil legal representation, information and education to the homeless and at-risk youth population of Washington State. SYLAW primarily seeks to help youth with education, employment, housing, and public entitlements. Website contains links to legal resources and to various public and private service agencies.
Offers assistance to juvenile offenders regarding health, education and housing in Washington State.
Washington LawHelp, Youth Law & Education
School discipline, emancipation and student loans are among the many topics covered in this guide to free civil legal services in Washington State.
For additional legal resource information (both state and federal), see the Gallagher guide on Internet Legal Resources.