Civics Education

Part of our mission at the ISBA is to educate the public and students of all ages about the important role of lawyers and judges, the importance of an independent judiciary for the proper administration of justice, and to foster an interest in students to respect our justice system and consider pursuing careers in the law.

Below are our collection of resources. If you have any questions, please email Kim Furr.


ABA Constitutional Institutes for Teachers

The ABA Division for Public Education is hosting a free professional development series for Chicago-area high school teachers of law, history, government, social studies, and civics. The program will provide participants with a broader understanding of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and how to develop inquiry-based lessons that focus on the Fourteenth Amendment for classroom use. The program will bring together a cohort of 20 teachers for in-person seminars, workshops, and online discussions that occur between October 2017 and March 2018. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with legal scholars, historians, and curriculum specialists as they develop lessons that align with Illinois’s new civics standards.
The application, along with additional program information, can be found at: ABA Constitutional Institutes for Teachers
The deadline to apply is September 1.


Lawyers in ClassroomsLawyers in Classrooms

Make a difference in the lives of Illinois students. Lawyers are invited to go back to school and speak to students on law-related topics.

Mock TrialHigh School Mock Trial

The 2017 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational was held on March 11 and 12, 2017 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois.

Lesson PlansISBA Lesson Plans and Activities

Download elementary and secondary school lesson plans on a variety of topics related to the law.

More Resources

Links to civics and law-related education resources around the web.

Law-Related Education (LRE) Newsletter

A quarterly newsletter distributed during the school year dedicated to promoting law-related education resources and discussion topics.

Speakers BureauSpeakers Bureau

An invitation to talk about the Law! An invitation to hear about the Law!


Law Day - May 1Law Day

May 1 is Law Day. Celebrate the rule of law and its importance to our country and its history.


Law Day - May 1Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17th. Find out more about the day and see lesson plans.


 Young Lawyer at the BarAbraham Lincoln in Illinois

Lesson plans and activities about Abraham Lincoln.

ISBA Public and Law-Related Education Publications

ISBA pamphlets and booklets.