The Big Legal Lesson

The Big Legal Lesson is back between 13-24th March 2023!

The law is a vital part of our democratic society. Understanding how it works is therefore essential to being an active and engaged citizen.

We firmly believe that every young person should have the opportunity to learn about the legal justice system and how it affects their lives whilst at school.

Join our national campaign to start a conversation about the law in your classroom. Pledge to take part now.


What is The Big Legal Lesson?

From the youngest students at primary school to post-16 students (from KS1 to KS5) The Big Legal Lesson provides teachers with the tools they need to confidently introduce the law into their classrooms.

Since 2020, thousands of teachers have registered to take part, reaching over 150,000 young people. This makes it the largest public legal education campaign of its kind.

Last year, 96% of teachers said that it allowed their students to better understand the rule of law and how it applies to their lives. 92% of teachers said they’d recommend it to a colleague.


“The lessons are pitched at the right level and are engaging due to being current. My students engage better when they feel that the content applies to them.” – Teacher, The Big Legal Lesson 2022


By pledging to take part, you’ll get access to:

  • An age-appropriate 15-minute legal taster activity exploring how we all interact with the law every single day.
  • An age-appropriate lesson plan exploring what the law is, who has the power to change the law and how these changes affect the lives of you and your students.
  • A media support pack full of sample social media posts, branded graphics, press releases and more.

From Key Stage 1 to Sixth-Form, there are resources suitable for all teachers.

Pledge to take part between 13-24th March 2023.


Our history in legal education

Young Citizens has a proud history of supporting Public Legal Education. Founded in 1989 as The Citizenship Foundation by former solicitor Baron Philips of Sudbury, the charity delivers the National Mock Trials Competitions every year, providing thousands of students with the chance to experience a courtroom case. We are supported by The Bar Council and the Law Society to increase legal literacy amongst our young people.



Thank you to international law firm Mishcon de Reya for being our national sponsor again in 2023 and allowing us to offer the Big Legal Lesson to schools for free.


Further thanks to our education partners The Law Society for their continued support in helping us deliver legal education resources for young people across the UK.


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Stay in touch with us on socials @YoungCitizensUK using #TheBigLegalLesson.