Junior lawyers teach school children importance of Magna Carta

Lawyers are being encouraged to educate children on the role of the Magna Carta throughout history and in contemporary society.

The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee has teamed up with Junior Lawyers in Schools to educate the next generation on the importance of the charter, established 1215.

A 2012 poll by the committee found that just 60 per cent of 18-24 year-olds had heard of the Magna Carta, compared to 87 per cent who were aware of the US Declaration of Independence.

Junior lawyers will visit schools to tell pupils about the impact of the Magna Carta and how it has governed constitutional decisions and been a founding factor in the freedom of billions of people, the world over.

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Chairman of the Magna Carta Trust Lord Dyson said: “We know that most young people have heard of Magna Carta, but not enough feel they know what it is really about or understand how important it still is today.

The 800th anniversary is a unique opportunity to educate a new generation about Magna Carta. I particularly welcome and would encourage all of us working in the legal system to be part of this exciting initiative.”

Junior lawyers can sign up to the project on the committee’s website.