Legal Studies Academy Program Description

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Welcome to all students who have a deep interest in and curiosity about the law, law-related fields, and legal and ethical issues. The First Colonial Legal Studies Academy functions as a school-within-a-school to offer students the opportunity to not only embrace an academic curriculum that will fully prepare them for post-secondary education, but will also allow career exploration within the area of legal studies. Students enrolled in the Legal Studies Academy will receive a solid foundation in core subjects as well as practice and experience in a work-site learning component.

The Academy curriculum goes beyond the basic four-year high school requirement by infusing law-related units into the core subject areas of English, science, and social studies and by providing students with specialized coursework. The program of studies is extended through seminars and field trips on law-related subjects. In addition, the Academy offers students the opportunity to experience the reality of law careers by emphasizing active learning in criminal investigations and Mock Trials in our courtroom.

Through Academy partnerships with law firms, police departments, and other business and government agencies, students will have many opportunities to interact with legal professionals. In order to promote active learning and the importance of community involvement, all Legal Studies Academy students are required to participate in job shadowing, legal internships, and community service. This is wonderful training and preparation for our future community leaders.

During the senior year, students complete a project that provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate all skills and knowledge acquired throughout their academy coursework.

The senior project consists of the following components:

  • The initiation
  • Implementation,
  • Completion of the project
  • An academic legal research paper describing the project
  • A portfolio
  • An oral presentation of the project to a panel of community professionals prior to graduation