The Big Legal Lesson

The Big Legal Lesson™ is a national campaign and set of free classroom resources to see more young people learn about the law. 

Over 55,000 young people and 1000 teachers took part in 2021, making it the largest public legal education campaign of its kind.

The lessons are designed to support educators across disciplines, from primary to secondary age groups, to confidently introduce the law into their classrooms as an essential part of modern citizenship education.

Last year, 83% of students said that it improved their understanding of the rule of law and why it is important.

“Before taking part in The Big Legal Lesson most of my students had very little understanding about the rule of law and the structure of our legal system. This resource really helped them to gain this base knowledge.” – Secondary school teacher, 2021 


The Big Legal Lesson 2022 | 14 – 18 March

In its third year, we partnered with international law firm Mishcon de Reya to launch a new suite of free classroom resources to help learners understand how the legal system affects their lives.

From Key Stage 1 to post-16, schools and colleges can access a full suite of age-appropriate resources covering the fundamentals of law. Primary-aged pupils will have a chance to learn about the role law and justice plays in society, whilst older students will explore the laws surrounding social media usage.





Taking part? Download our Schools Media Pack where you’ll find sample social media posts, branded graphics and a press release template.

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


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.