Support the 2019 National Civics and Law Academy

The ABA Division for Public Education hosts the National Civics & Law Academy (NCLA) in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. The 2019 NCLA will be held from March 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Help the American Bar Association provide high school students with an opportunity to spend four days focused on understanding the relationship that law, policies, people, and institutions have in shaping our nation.

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The NCLA provides a select group of students from diverse communities with an opportunity to spend four days focused on understanding the relationship that law, policies, people, and institutions have in shaping public policy in our country.

If you would like to learn more about the Academy and get a glimpse of what students experience, watch the video or download a PDF copy of our 2013, 2014 , 2015 , or 2016 photo books.

What do student gain from attending the Academy?

  • Access to leaders in law and government in Washington, D.C. in a small group setting.
  • Opportunities to participate in public policy discussions through seminars and workshops.
  • Knowledge of the pathways available to pursue a legal education and law-related career.
  • Interaction with peers from throughout the country.

2018 NCLA Students

View the 2018 National Civics & Law Academy students of 2018.

2018 NCLA Students Share Their Experiences

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2017 NCLA Students

View the 2017 National Civics & Law Academy students of 2017. Also, check out the video of their experiences.

2017 NCLA Students Share Their Experiences

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2016 NCLA Students

View the 2016 National Civics & Law Academy students of 2016. Also, check out the video of their experiences.

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Donate to Help us Engage New Leaders

Help us engage and inspire young people to become future leaders. Donate to the National Civics & Law Academy.

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The Close up Foundation

The ABA hosts the NCLA in cooperatin with the Close Up Foundation. Close Up assists with student travel and provides logistical support on-site in Washington, D.C. Close Up’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower young people to become active citizens in our democracy. Close Up actively seeks to provide civic education opportunities for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic level or prior academic success.

For further information about the National Civics & Law Academy, please contact:


Christine Lucianek
Manager, Education & Research
American Bar Association Division for Public Education
321 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60654 312.988.5727