According to the Federal Law-Related Education (LRE) Act of 1978, LRE is defined as "education to equip non-lawyers with the knowledge and skills pertaining to the law, the legal process and the legal system; and the fundamental principles and values on which these are based.” As such, Civics Education (formerly known as Law-Related Education) is provided for adults as well as for youth. One of its greatest benefits is the positive effect it can have on at-risk youth who have an opportunity to interact constructively with resource persons and others who model civility.
Civics Education seeks to help young people become citizens who contribute positively to their communities. Civics education supports the rule of law so youth and young adults may gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be actively engaged in their communities.
The Nebraska State Bar Foundation, through its Civics Education, sponsors the Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program, We the People: "The Citizen and the Constitution," Constitution Day Educational Outreach for Students, High School and College Outreach for Oral Arguments, Law Day Job Shadowing for Fifth Graders and the Law Day celebration, as well as emerging civics education programs for youth, law practitioners and the public.
Students compete in the NSBF's Mock Trial Program.