The Lawyer in the Classroom Program was established in 1976 to provide students with an opportunity to interact with volunteer attorneys in a structured setting. Attorneys work in consultation with teachers to choose topics and teaching strategies that best suit a class. LYC provides free resources for use during classroom visits.The NYS Bar Association’s Lawyer in the Classroom Program is available to assist teachers with classes in Social Studies, English and Business Law or to help with Constitution Day (Sept. 17) and Law Day (May 1) events. We have attorneys that can handle the toughest kindergartner's question to the sophisticated question of an AP government student.
The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program's knowledgeable staff of educators is ready to assist you in taking full advantage of such a rewarding and worthwhile program. Volunteer lawyers are available to help teachers with substantive law issues, as well as addressing large or small groups on a variety of topics.
The best place to begin to find a lawyer to invite into your classroom is through your local Bar Association or through your school attorney. If you need assistance in contacting your local Bar Association, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before making contact, please have ready the times and days your class meets, your contact information, a brief description of your class and grade level, and the topic of discussion. You can download a Request Form using the link below.
The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association is the third largest law-related and civic education program in the nation. Please visit our website, www.lycny.org, to learn about the many programs, events and professional development opportunities we offer.