The Big Legal Lesson is an opportunity for as many children and young people as possible to learn about justice and the rule of law, during Justice Week 2021. It is supported by a free teaching resource for English and Welsh schools, with different versions for different age groups. 

What's Justice Week?

Justice Week exists to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law, placing them at the centre stage of public and political debate. It's led by The Law Society, The Bar Council and CILEx, but many organisations work in support of the themes by hosting public events and media activities. Justice Week 2021 will be held between 1-5 March. The theme of this year's Justice Week will be the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on justice.

Get involved with The Big Legal Lesson! 

At Young Citizens, we firmly believe that every young person should have the opportunity to learn about the legal justice system and the rule of law at school. The law is a vital part of our democratic society, and understanding the law is essential in being an active, engaged citizen.

We are asking teachers to pledge to deliver a legal lesson to as many students in their school as possible during the course of the week.

We will provide every primary school that pledges to get involved with access to a high-quality ‘Introduction to the Law’ legal lesson – with different versions for key stages 1 and 2. For key stages 3 & 4 we have updated the resources to reflect how the rule of law and the justice system have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The lesson plans can be taught in one go, or can be broken down into smaller segments and delivered throughout the week.

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Acknowledgement:

Special thanks to our resource sponsor, Allen & Overy, whose support allowed these resources to be developed and distributed to schools for free.

The Big Legal Lesson is part of a national celebration of the Rule of Law during #JusticeWeek - led by The Bar Council, The Law Society of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Justice Week 2020