Comparing State and Federal Courts

What are the differences between state and federal courts?  Why do we have both?

This collection of materials was created through a partnership between the Judicial Learning Center in St. Louis, the Civic Education Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri, and the Department of Citizenship Education of the Missouri Bar.

The video and supporting materials are appropriate for middle and high school students.  A review of the three branches of government and the concept of federalism is recommended but not required.


Materials for Download:


Links of Interest:


Schedule a LIVE judge chat for your class

Part two of this activity includes scheduling a state or federal judge to speak with your class.  The judge will lead a follow up activity and discussion using additional scenarios.  To schedule your online session –

  • Click HERE to schedule a Missouri judge
  • Click HERE to schedule a federal judge



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