Civics Education

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is committed to educating the public about how the courts work. We've developed materials for teachers, students and the community to use to learn and to understand the importance of civics education. 


  • Planning something special for Law Day? Tell us and we'll share your event on our civics education resource guide. Email Deirdre Roesch with details. We look forward to hearing from you!
  • We are pleased to announce the winner of NCSC's 2014 Civics Education Essay Contest. Paul Barrientos, a fifth-grader at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Va., won the national contest held to recognize Law Day, May 1. 

    Read the press release with the complete list of winners. 

    Read the winning entries.
  • Civics education resource guide provides a comprehensive list of civics education programs around that country that inform and educate the public about the court system.
  • Justice Case Files engages readers while giving insight into how judges make decisions, how the courts protect the public, and why courts are so important to a democratic society.

The resource guide information was gathered by researching state court web sites and other justice system-related organizations’ websites. If you have a civics education program that is not listed and should be, please contact Deirdre Roesch or Lorri Montgomery.