American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): This organization has developed education programs geared toward an understanding of the importance of trial by jury, the US Constitution, the court system, and legal procedures. Justice by the People provides great resources which focus on the significance of trial by jury. The James Otis Lecture Series enhances Constitution Day studies and helps students develop respect for the Constitution.Teacher’s Law School members of the bench and bar discuss current legal issues regarding civil and criminal law.
Oklahoma Close Up is a four-day government studies program designed to strengthen participants’ knowledge of the political process. Every February, participants witness how Oklahoma state government works through experiential civic education activities such as mock legislative hearings and court proceedings. The Close Up Program is open for high school students attending public, private, or parochial schools, as well as those home-schooled. Oklahoma Close Up is sponsored by the Close Up Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonpartisan citizenship educational organization, and is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
For more information contact:Vernon Guess918-361-6084
Oklahoma High School Mock Trial program is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA), the OBA Young Lawyers Division and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Through a mock trial process, this hands-on experience affords high school students the opportunity to learn about Constitutional rights and responsibilities and the American judicial system.
For more information contact:Judy Spencer, OBA Mock Trial Coordinator, 405-755-1066
The Oklahoma National History Day Contest is a two-day event in May, held at the Oklahoma History Center. Students are invited to research topics related to the annual themes. Featured categories include performance, papers, documentaries, websites and exhibits divided into junior and senior divisions. Regional competitions are held earlier in spring. State finalists gather for the National Competition held at the University of Maryland.
For more information contact:Jason Harris at the Oklahoma Historical Society, 405-522-0785.
The Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage was founded at the University of Oklahoma to promote the study of American constitutionalism. The Constitutional Studies minor requires 15 hours of coursework, directed at those interested in the study of law, American politics, American history, and humanities education.
For more information contact:IACH, 405-325-7697