Courthouse Experience Tour Guides

The Courthouse Experience gives students, teachers and parent chaperones the opportunity to sit in on real trials and learn more about our justice system.  We are grateful to our wonderful Multnomah Circuit Court judges, who frequently take time to talk with our student groups at the courthouse.  We need volunteers to guide these groups on their tour. This is the perfect opportunity for people who want to learn more about what goes on in the courtroom – many of our volunteers are students enrolled in paralegal training, law school students and recent law school graduates.  This is a great fit for retired educators!  We also have many volunteers who are lucky enough to work for companies including Umpqua Bank and Pacific Continental Bank that encourage volunteer service as part of the work day.  Does this sound like a good fit for YOU?

What: Court Tour Guides begin the tour with a brief orientation presentation to the students and chaperones on the basics of our court system. They then lead the group to the Justice Center for observation of Community Court and arraignments. The tour continues on to the Multnomah County Courthouse, where guides help the student groups find interesting court proceedings to observe. Classroom Law Project provides guides with training and orientation materials.

Who: Being an attorney is not required! Our court tour guides come from many different backgrounds including bankers, probation officers, paralegals, former teachers, and other civic-minded adults interested in sharing our judicial system with students. All are welcome!

When: Tours are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school year (late September through early June). Court Tour Guides are asked to commit at least one morning (8:30-noon) per month.

Read more about Courthouse Experience tours.

Interesting in volunteering as a Tour Guide? Please send an email to Mackendree Thompson at, and we will set you up to shadow a veteran tour guide.