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Research shows just one in 10 UK students had received a lesson on the law by the time they reached A-Levels

The Law Society is supporting education charity Young Citizens’ campaign The Big Legal Lesson to introduce the law and justice system to thousands of children and young people across England and Wales.

Young Citizens research shows just one in 10 (13%) students had received a lesson on the law by the time they reached A-Levels. The campaign is calling on legal professionals to volunteer to deliver The Big Legal Lesson in a local school, giving children and young people a unique insight into the sector.

Running from the 11th to the 22nd March 2024, The Big Legal Lesson, which is in it’s fifth year, will provide school teachers with free resources to start conversations about the law, rights and responsibilities. The resource packs will include age-appropriate lesson plans exploring what the law is, who has the power to change the law, and how these changes affect our daily lives.

Nick Emmerson, president of The Law Society, said:

“Ensuring young learners know their rights and responsibilities, whilst respecting the Rule of Law, is vital to securing access to justice for all. Whether or not they go on to practice law, The Big Legal Lesson is a fantastic opportunity for pupils and students to understand how our justice system works and why it matters to them. The Law Society is delighted to support this Young Citizens initiative, which we know will make a huge impact on young people, teachers and legal professionals alike.”

Sherine Krause, interim executive director of Young Citizens, said:

“I am delighted to see The Big Legal Lesson return in 2024. At Young Citizens, we believe that all children and young people should understand their rights, responsibilities and the rule of law, whether or not they pursue a career in the legal sector. With the support of Mishcon de Reya, we know this year’s campaign will once again light the spark of legal literacy for thousands of learners across England and Wales.”

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