For the Public

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.

Upcoming Events

The ABOTA Foundation is hosting the National Teachers Law School at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016. This is an all-expense-paid professional development program for social studies administrators from across the nation. The NTLS will provide a crash course in civics from legal professionals, historians, professors and other civic leaders. Our target audience is any social studies department chairs, master/lead teachers and/or district level curriculum specialists.The application deadline is April 22nd.


ABA Summer Institute for Teachers
June 19-26, 2016
Washington, DC
Deadline to apply March 2, 2016

Mock TrialHigh School Mock Trial

The 2016 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational will be held on April 2-3, 2016, at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign Illinois. Find out more about how teams and volunteers can participate.

 

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.

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.