First Impressions

Bringing the courtroom to fifth-grade classrooms – VIRTUALLY!

The San Joaquin County Office of Education and the Superior Court of San Joaquin County have collaborated to bring the First Impressions program to fifth-grade classrooms – VIRTUALLY!

First Impressions is a FREE PROGRAM that brings the courtroom to the classroom; introducing students to the legal profession while teaching them about the three branches of government, the importance of the separation of powers, important Constitutional rights, and the role of judicial independence to fair and impartial courts.  

“Students get to learn how to think critically, how to respectfully engage in deliberations with others to convey their opinions, practice reading, and engage in a variety of exercises to demonstrate what they’ve learned in the program,” said Judge Barbara Kronlund.  “We’ve woven a career day into the remote program as well,” she said.  “This gives students a look at possible careers within the justice system which might interest them.”

Download the module worksheets and learn more about the program at and watch the accompanying videos on the SJCOE YouTube page at

Click below to download the flyer!

Download Attachment
Posted: 11/10/2020