The Law Academy is a four-year elective program designed for students who may have an interest in the Legal Profession.
Throughout the program considerable emphasis is placed on the development of CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS that will serve the students well whether or not they choose to pursue further study and/or a career in law. Courses seek to focus student attention on the legal profession, career studies as they pertain to the practice of law, the courts system, philosophy and ethics as they apply to the practice of law, investigatory and evidentiary practices in support of law enforcement and the law, constitutional law, government, and the practice of law.
The fourth (capstone) course of the Academy focuses on state, national and international competitions that serve to demonstrate and replicate the roles attorneys take on in our adversarial court and legal system (Mock Trial and Moot Court).
PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the four years of the program, students will have the OPPORTUNITY to compete interscholastically. Law Four focuses primarily on competitive events (and preparation for them). Law Four students are expected to participate. Students choosing not to compete will be expected to act as "Law Clerks" for those who do compete - researching, reporting and assisting with practice.
Law Academy One: Introduction to the Legal Profession and Careers in Law
Grade Level: 9
This entry level course is designed to introduce students to the legal profession, careers in law and law enforcement, the court system, crime and punishment while also completing the career prep. State requirements.
Law Academy Two: Philosophy and Ethics and the Legal Profession
Grade Level: 10
This course is designed to focus student attention and study on different schools of Western philosophy and ethics and how they apply to the practice of law. Students are encouraged to develop their own set of personal philosophical and ethical principles. There will be some reading and discussion of classical philosophical works.
Law Academy Three: Law, Evidence and Investigation
Grade Level: 11
This course is designed to explore the collection, processing and admissibility of evidence in the law enforcement and court system; the presentation of such evidence, and the investigatory processes which allow this evidence to be developed. All this frames a study of the U.S. Constitution, the protections it affords those working within the judicial system and the historical precedents set and framed by the Constitution.
Law Academy Four: The Practice of Law "Before the Bar" - Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition
Grade Level: 12
This, the fourth (capstone) course of the Academy focuses on state and national competitions that serve to demonstrate and replicate the roles attorneys take on in our adversarial court and legal system (Mock Trial and Moot Court). Students will apply critical thinking skills through both in-class and competitive interscholastic experiences. Students will participate in the preparation, presentation and support of Mock Trial and Moot Court teams as a vehicle to the development of analytical, public speaking, responsive/reactive thinking, preparation, and practice and performance skills.
Contact: Wes Cable