PMC Civics Ed Topics

About the Civics Education Program

PMC believes that the bright young minds of the next generation should have access to an enriching civic education in school. We recognize that every school does not have equal funding or resources for civics. To bridge this gap we have expanded our free Civics Education Program. What sets us apart is our nontraditional approach: we bring lawyers and judges into the classroom to speak to students. We offer a full curriculum for middle, high school, and college students based around four weeks of core classes: 

  • Week 1: The Three Branches of Government
  • Week 2: How Do Our Courts Operate? (PA & US)
  • Week 3: How Does Someone Become a Judge?
  • Week 4: Your Civic Duty as a Juror

We also offer unique supplemental classes that students and teachers can choose from to complete their 8-week program:

  • First Amendment - General Introductions to Our 5 Protected Freedoms
    • Free Speech in School
    • Freedom of Religion
    • Freedom of the Press
    • Freedom of Assembly
    • Book Banning
  • Criminal Law and Justice - 4th, 5th, 6th Amendments
  • Criminal Law and Justice - Criminal Processes and Trials
  • Criminal Law and Justice - Young Thug Trial and RICO Allegations
  • Civil Rights Act
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Environmental Justice - Youth v. Gov case 

With the expansion of our civics program, we hope to inspire students to become more civically engaged in their communities, expose them to new legal career opportunities, and help them make connections with legal professionals.  

Find out more about the importance of civics education as explained by our Pennsylvania Judiciary here.

Please reach out to Dañiela Wright, Civics Education Program Coordinator, at with any interest in or questions about our program. You can also fill out our partner volunteer form here and our school partner form here.