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​Field Trips

Tours of the Learning Center help students better understand the role and responsibilities of the judicial branch of government. Tours, which are docent-led and grade-specific, discuss:  
  • Three branches of government and the role of the judicial branch
  • U.S. Constitution and Michigan Constitution
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Core democratic values (by request at the time of scheduling)
 

If you would like to include the Michigan Supreme Court courtroom in your visit, you must request this specifically when making a tour reservation. Additional time is required. Because of the Court’s schedule, courtroom visits cannot be guaranteed. Ask your scheduler for details.

 

Schedule a tour

 

 

Curriculum Connections

The Learning Center gallery and tours have been designed to help teachers fulfill numerous Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Social Studies Content Expectations.
 

  

 

Supervision for school groups

Teachers and chaperones are responsible for their students' behavior. At least one teacher must accompany each school group.
 
Grades 3–8: 1 adult for every 5 students
Grades 9–12: 1 adult for every 10 students
 
  

Pre- & Post-Visit Activities

Lesson plans and other activities are available through the Curriculum Resources page. The Learning Center experience is most effective when students have a basic understanding state government and the court system.
 
 

What Else can we do nearby? 

Many groups also visit the State Capitol and the Michigan Historical Museum, which are within easy walking distance. The ​Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information for other venues as well.
 
The Michigan Vietnam Monument is located near the east entrance of the Hall of Justice. During pleasant weather, some groups use this location for a lunch break. See Vietnam Monument Teacher-Led Activities (pdf) for more information.  
  
 

Tips for successful school tours

See the teacher-made tip sheet (pdf), which includes a field trip contract for students.
 
 

 

​MSC Learning Center

Michigan Hall of Justice

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: (517) 373-7171

Fax: (517) 373-7615

 

Rachael Drenovsky

drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov

Amy Feinauer

feinauera@courts.mi.gov

​Field Trip Highlights 

  • Docent-led tours of the gallery, grades 3 and up
  • Groups of 10-48, including chaperones
  • Schedule up to one year in advance
  • Free of charge