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Support the National Civics and Law Academy

The ABA Division for Public Education hosts the National Civics & Law Academy (NCLA). 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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Donation Opportunities

We welcome donations from law firms, law schools, bar associations, corporations, community organizations, and individuals that seek to encourage and support leadership opportunities for the young people in their communities.

2021 NCLA Students

In 2021, selected students attended the virtual National Civics & Law Academy for 8-weeks from February through April. The students meet with young lawyers and legal professionals from across the country and explored public policy, citizenship skills, and career skills.

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2020 NCLA Students

Selected students attended the 2020 National Civics & Law Academy from March 8-11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The students examined public policy issues from diverse perspectives, develop citizenship and leadership skills, and met peers from throughout the nation.

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NCLA Alumni Spotlight

Hear more from our NCLA alumni about some of the programs they have recently been involved in.

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Past Donors

The National Civics and Law Academy would not be possible without the generous contributions from numerous donors. They include include bar associations, law schools, law firms, and ABA members.

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Resources for Local Civics and Law Academies

Resources for bar associations and schools to host local civics and law academies in their communities.

Civics and Law Honor Roll

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The Close up Foundation

The ABA hosts the NCLA in cooperation 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.