Resources

Courthouse Experience Teacher Resources

Court Tour Procedures for Teachers:

  • Your Tour Guide will contact you via email 7-14 days before your scheduled tour to say hello and go over a few brief details.
  • If you have not heard from your guide at least one week before your tour, contact Classroom Law Project right away!
  • If your schedule changes, contact Classroom Law Project immediately at office@classroomlaw.org or 503.224.4424. If you must cancel, let us help you reschedule. With enough notice from you, we can contact a group on the waiting list to take your place. For last-minute changes, please contact both the Classroom Law Project office and your guide. Many guides schedule time off work to be with you so please keep them in the loop.

Videos

Created by the Multnomah Bar Foundation, these videos are worth sharing with your students ahead of the tour. They provide an overview of the court system and what to expect at the courthouse.
The Courthouse: Part 1
The Courthouse: Part 2
The Court System: Part 1
The Court System: Part 2

Courthouse Tour FAQs:

What do I need to know about security procedures for my students & chaperones?

You will go through two metal detectors (similar to airports): one in the Justice Center (the second stop on your tour) and the second in the Multnomah County Courthouse (the third and last stop). There are no detectors when you arrive in the first building at the Gus Solomon Courthouse. You will be able to leave student backpacks and bags with our office in the Gus Solomon Courthouse before you head out.

  • Leave metal objects at home.
  • Things like belt buckles, knitting needles, scissors, pepper spray and so on will set off the detectors.
  • Teachers, this is especially important for your chaperones.
  • Stay in your groups.
  • The security staff wants all teachers and chaperones to be mindful that many people accused of a crime in Multnomah County are not in custody. Therefore, chaperones must remain with their small groups at all times. Click here to learn more about security procedures.

What is the recommendation for lunch after the tour?
Some teachers opt to remain downtown after the tour and eat sack lunches. Three nearby parks are very nice:

  • Lownsdale Square across the street from Multnomah County Courthouse,
  • Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, and
  • the Park Blocks one block west of Broadway. An indoor option is the Pioneer Place Mall food court.

Are there tours in the afternoon?
Classroom Law Project only offers morning tours since this is the most active time for the Justice Center and Multnomah County Courthouse.

Does Classroom Law Project run court tours in other counties?
At this time, we do not administer tours for other county courthouses. Other law-related options to search on your own include:

  • Hatfield Federal Courthouse Tour, 503-326-8092
  • Pioneer Courthouse Tour, 503-833-5305
  • Portland Police Museum Tour, 503-823-0019
  • Other Oregon Courthouses, www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD