Websites

The Supreme Court's Official Website

The official website of the Supreme Court of the United States provides access to a variety of information on the Court, including a calendar and schedule for the current Term, instructions on how to visit the Court, and information about oral arguments. There is a detailed overview of the Court’s procedures and biographies of each of the nine justices.

The Oyez Project

The Oyez Project, maintained by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, is a Supreme Court multimedia archive. The site aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. Oyez also provides concise summaries of cases, including the question(s) presented in each, as well as a virtual tour of the Court.

SCOTUSblog

This site has probably the most comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court of any media outlet, featuring statistics about recent terms, interviews with academics and advocates, podcasts, and live blogging of decision days. The case files include full summaries, decisions, and all case briefs since 2007.

Empirical SCOTUS

This feature of SCOTUSblog looks at contemporary and historical Supreme Court issues at an empirical level. It is the go-to site for statistics and analysis of attorneys, Justices, oral arguments, decisions, and much more.

National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution

The Interactive Constitution breaks down the constitution by amendment and clause and provides essays that support different interpretations of each. From the main page, users can also visit the “Rights Interactive: Origins and Travels” page, which includes links to documents that likely inspired the Founders as they wrote our Constitution and a tool to compare the rights to the rights protected by other countries. The site also sponsors a free smartphone app.

Justia

This site features up-to-date Supreme Court news and decisions, audio recordings of oral arguments, the Court’s calendar, Supreme Court history resources, and more. It also offers an option to subscribe for free email updates and summaries of new Court opinions.

The Legal Information Institute's Supreme Court Collection

Cornell University Law School sponsors and maintains the Legal Information Institute (LII). The LII provides a collection of key Supreme Court cases, both past and present. There is also a glossary, a detailed overview of the Court’s rules, and links to other U.S. Supreme Court related sites. LII also contains collections of federal, state, and international laws.

Supreme Court Historical Society

The Supreme Court Historical Society’s website contains extensive information on the history of the Supreme Court and how it became the Court it is today. The site has biographies of justices as well.

Lyle Denniston Law News

Lyle Denniston is a veteran journalist—more than 68 years of reporting experience and 58 years covering the Supreme Court. A former journalist for SCOTUSblog, he now blogs at his own site about issues before the Court.

The New York Times’ Supreme Court Page

The New York Times site contains news articles about recent Supreme Court decisions, as well as links to several relevant blogs. The site also contains links to articles relating to each of the justices, interactive multimedia features, and summaries of notable cases from the current Term.

Supreme Court Brief

This site provides news and commentary on cases from the current Term. Decisions from cases in the last year can be found by date or subject. There is also a section of the site listing cert petitions granted. However, you must subscribe in order to have access to the site’s content.

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education maintains a site that provides the merit briefs for Supreme Court cases since 2003. Amicus briefs, decisions, and oral argument transcripts are also available for the most recent term. The site also allows limited access to some of the archives of the American Bar Association’s publication, Preview, which provides a summary and an analysis of each case decided during the selected term.

Jurist: The Legal Education Network

Jurist is an online legal education portal that provides legal news, research, and scholarship, as well as information on law teaching. The “Legal News” section has continuously updated coverage of hot legal topics in the U.S. and around the world. Research can be done by cases and by statute.

United States Courts Online

This site is the homepage for the U.S. court system and is filled with statistics and other information. Its “educational resources” link provides resources about the Constitution as well as information about the structure and purpose of federal courts.

Slate Magazine

An archive of Supreme Court-related Slate articles including Dahlia Lithwick’s Supreme Court Dispatches.

High School SCOTUS

A blog about SCOTUS run by high school and college students.

Ballotpedia

Ballotpedia is a digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. The site has background information on the Court, the justices, and summaries of major cases from recent terms arranged by the circuits from which they were appealed.


Podcasts

More Perfect, from WNYC and Radiolab

A popular 2016 podcast mini-series created to tell the stories underlying important Supreme Court decisions, which otherwise feel somewhat “untouchable” or “unknowable” to the average person, and to explore how those decisions affect the lives of the American people. NOTE: Podcasts may not be suitable for classroom use (but are great for your background knowledge).

Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick’s court-watching podcast which features interviews with a variety of Supreme Court experts and comes out a couple of times each month.

Constitutional

Reporter Lillian Cunningham of the Washington Post hosts this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it — revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents — in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.

Unprecedented

National Public Radio’s podcast that “tells the raw and emotional stories of ordinary people who, as they pursued justice all the way to the Supreme Court, defined the limits of our First Amendment rights.” Great for excerpting first person accounts but not always safe for classroom use.

The Ginsburg Tapes

The Ginsburg Tapes is a podcast about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court—before she became #NotoriousRBG.

PBS NewsHour – Supreme Court

The latest news and analysis about key cases and critical arguments before the Supreme Court from PBS NewsHour.

Cases and Controversies

A legal podcast from Bloomberg Law, bringing you the latest from the Supreme Court and the legal world. Weekly Sneak Peek episodes preview each week of oral arguments at the high court. Deep Dive episodes explore a critical legal issue from all sides, with in-depth interviews of top experts in the field.

SCOTUS 101

A Heritage Foundation podcast with Elizabeth Slattery and friends breaking down what's happening at the Supreme Court, what the justices are up to, and more.

C-SPAN’s Landmark Cases

C-SPAN's television/podcast series produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, exploring the issues, people, and places involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases in our nation's history. Each episode provides an in-depth look at a major Supreme Court case and often include interviews with legal experts who provide differing perspectives on the case and its outcome. (Video version available at http://landmarkcases.c-span.org/SeasonOne.aspx)

We the People

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen hosts this podcast about contemporary constitutional issues and current Supreme Court cases. It provides an overview of the case or debate at hand and allows listeners to hear the best arguments on all sides of the constitutional issues at the center of American life.

SCOTUScast

The Federalist Society podcast and commentary on cases and topics of legal interest.

First Mondays (archives only)

An entertaining podcast about the Supreme Court currently on hiatus. Archived episodes only.


Lesson Plan Sites

Street Law

Our site, which now includes instructional videos on Mini-Moot Courts, the Take a Stand strategy, and Deliberations at https://store.streetlaw.org/videos/, and hundreds of free case summaries and lessons at https://store.streetlaw.org/resource-library/.

Street Law’s Landmark Cases

This site, by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society, provides materials and activities for helping students explore the key issues of 17 landmark cases. The site features basic building blocks, such as background summaries and excerpts of opinions that can be used in multiple ways, as well as a range of short activities, in-depth lessons, and a “Teachers Only” section.

National Archives Digital Classroom & Digital Vaults

The National Archives contains several important documents, congressional records, and links to presidential libraries. The Digital Classroom includes landmark documents in American history, with teaching ideas and other resources. The Digital Vaults lets you explore a range of documents.

The Learning Network (NY Times)

The New York Times Learning Network provides teachers with a list of comprehensive lesson plans using Times articles to explore current topics in the news.

Annenberg Classroom

The Annenberg Institute for Civics website content on the Constitution, Congress, the courts, and the presidency, along with lesson plans. There are podcasts and current event discussions.

The Constitutional Rights Foundation

The Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating youth about civics, the law, and the Constitution. The site includes lessons on topics including school violence, impeachment, elections, and terrorism.

First Amendment Center

The First Amendment Center site provides information on First Amendment issues, cases, news, and commentary. The lesson plans section contains key concepts for each lesson, first principles, links to relevant cases, detailed lesson plans with supplemental material, links to additional resources, and enrichment activities at the end.

EDSITEment

EDSITEment is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lessons cover “humanities,” but are divided by content area (social studies, literature, arts) and by grade level. Although some may find the website a little historical, it acts as an excellent entry into constitutional law. A good example is the lesson on James Madison and the 2nd National Bank, which would be a great lead-in to studying McCulloch v. Maryland.

Congressional Digest Debates Online

Congressional Digest provides citizens, teachers, and students with an impartial view of controversial issues, including important debates before Congress, the Supreme Court, and international bodies. Subscribers receive access to Supreme Court Debates, Congressional Digest, and International Debates. Anyone may search full text or browse by topic, publication, or date to drill down on specific research needs. Individual issues are also available for immediate purchase and download. 


Videos

PBS “The Supreme Court”

This site was designed to accompany the 2007 PBS series “The Supreme Court.” Whether or not students watch the program, this site provides teachers Supreme Court resources including videos, online games, and Street Law-authored lesson plans.

“FDR & the Court-Packing Controversy”

This video gives an overview of FDR’s court-packing attempt. Lesson plans written at high school and AP levels and a script for the hearing impaired are available to accompany the video.