Educational Programs

Educational Programs

Students learn, practice and develop necessary skills to ready themselves for informed, active civic participation in their community and the world.

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Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

Civics, government and law-related resources to enhance your teaching practice and your students’ understanding and enthusiasm.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

Opportunities to develop mastery of content and pedagogy, and to learn about and how to implement any OCLRE program in the classroom.

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In 1983, interested groups came together to explore how Ohio could better inform students about their constitutional rights and responsibilities and fill a void in law-related education.  A coalition of the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation strongly believed that partnerships between the educational and legal communities could effectively achieve this goal and together founded Ohio Mock Trial, a statewide high school mock trial program. The Supreme Court of Ohio, which is also a strong proponent of law and citizenship education, became a program sponsor in June 1988.

Today, OCLRE con­tin­ues to pro­vide pro­grams fo­cused on: 

  1. imparting practical law-related information to students and teachers,
  2. developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills for students, and
  3. providing positive engagement between students and the community.


Latest News


Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Announces Award Recipients

COLUMBUS (Sept. 15, 2017) – The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) will present its two highest honors—the Founders’ Award and the Eiler Award for Mock Trial Coaching Excellence—at the 27th annual Law & Citizenship Conference on Monday, Sept. 18 in Columbus. 


PD Opportunity for High School Civics Teachers

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio will hold a Teachers Institute for high school teachers on July 28, 2017. It will be held at the Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse in Columbus, 85 Marconi Boulevard 43215. Chief United States District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. and Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman will host the event.


Students Will Demonstrate Constitutional Knowledge at State Showcase

COLUMBUS (May 16, 2017) - As the end of the school year approaches, most students are thinking about their summer plans. But more than 150 Ohio middle school students remain focused on academics, having spent the last few months studying and preparing for the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase, which will take place May 17 on the campus of Columbus State Community College.

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