Lesson Plans

Elementary

These resources were developed by the ABA Division for Public Education. These lessons are designed to help teacher's give their Elementary students basic understanding about the law.

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Middle School

These resources were developed by the ABA Division for Public Education. These law-related lessons were specifically designed for Middle School Students.

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High School

These resources were developed by the ABA Division for Public Education. Designed for High School Students, these lessons explore complex topics such as News Literacy, Law & War, and much more.

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Mock Trials

These how-to guides for Kindergarten through Grade 6 give you everything you need to put on a successful mock trial.

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Dialogue Series

Dialogues provide lawyers, judges and teachers with the resources they need to engage students and community members in discussion of fundamental American legal principles and civic traditions.

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Civics and Law-Related Education Directory

The ABA Division for Public Education offers a comprehensive state-by-state directory of civics and law-related education programs.

Publications

Insights on Law & Society is a magazine for teachers of civics, government, history, and law. Teaching Legal Docs is available in each issue!

Lessons on the Law is the ABA Public Education column featured in Social Education, the flagship publication of the National Council for the Social Studies. 

Addressing Gun Violence: A Public Health Approach is a teaching resource bulletin to  guide discussion on legal and health issues related to gun violence and how they impact your community.

Professional Development

Federal Trials & Great Debates Summer Institute for Teachers is a week-long professional development opportunity held in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center.

National Law-Related Education Conference is a bi-annual  national assembly of teachers, professors, lawyers, judges, and civic education professionals who teach about law and its role in society.

Constitutional Institutes for Teachers: The Fourteenth Amendmentis a professional development program that was hosted by the American Bar Association for Chicago-area high school teachers of law, history, government, social studies, or civics. Click here to learn more about the program.

Additional resources we recommend for teachers of civics, law, and government: