Legal & Law-Related Websites for Kids & Youth

Updated May 20, 2015.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg; updated by law librarianship interns Melia Mauer Cossette (2009) and Wendy Lamar (2013).

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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.


Law & Government

Youth

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.

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.

Kids.gov
Learn about history, government, and many other topics with fun games and videos.

Washington State Legislature, Civic Education
Covers how Washington laws are enacted, state symbols, and links to state agency pages intended for kids and youth.

American Civil Liberties Union, Youth
Provides information on a range of topics including free speech, drug testing, and equality.

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Teens

American Civil Liberties Union, LGBT High School Students
Addresses freedom of speech, harassment, privacy, and other related topics.

Constitutional Rights Foundation
"Educating tomorrow's citizens" on the Bill of Rights, school violence, and other issues.

Street Law

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.

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
Focuses on resources for federal financial aid for college, including planning for college, types of aid, and applications.

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.

U.S. Department of Justice, Justice 101

US Department of Justice, United States Attorneys Justice 101
Includes information on courtroom basics, the role of the federal prosecutor and a glossary of legal terms.

US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 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 Guide to Washington State Courts
Describes the court system and structure, the trial process, types of cases, alternative dispute resolution, financing the courts, and judicial discipline.

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Educators

American Bar Association, Youth Education

American Bar Association, Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources
Describes programs, projects, and publications on law in education.

Library of Congress, Lesson Plans on Government, Law & Politics
Covers the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and related topics.

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Legal Resources for Youth in Washington State

Street Youth Advocates of Washington

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.

TeamChild
Offers assistance to juvenile offenders regarding health, education and housing in Washington State.

Washington Law Help

Washington Law Help, 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 Free Law Online.

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Pre-Law & Legal Careers

American Bar Association, Division for Public Education, Civics & LRE Directory
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 School Advice
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 Judges & Hearing Officers
Describes working conditions, qualifications, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations.

Career One Stop
Explore careers and find educational opportunities.

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