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.


Mock TrialHigh School Mock Trial

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




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.

Illinois Law and Leadership InstituteIllinois Law and Leadership Institute

The Illinois Law & Leadership Institute ("ILLI") is a legal immersion program for high school students of diverse backgrounds, with a curriculum that includes fun and educational activities centered on the legal profession.

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.

School Success Stories

We share stories of schools implementing high quality civics education, with an emphasis on understanding the role of the courts and the rule of 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.


Magna CartaMagna Carta

This year is the 800 anniversary of the Magna Carta. This seminal document played an important role in the development of American law, government, and society.

 Young Lawyer at the BarAbraham Lincoln in Illinois

Lesson plans and activities about Abraham Lincoln.

Law-Related Education (LRE) Newsletter

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

ISBA Public and Law-Related Education Publications

ISBA pamphlets and booklets.