Law and criminal justice

This program will provide an avenue for students to become involved in the community, gain direct experience in their field of interest, and develop a greater sense of the legal system (both criminal and civil).

The Pre-Law Strand is for students wanting to explore careers in the courts and government fields: lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, court reporters, or other positions associated with a court as well as those interested politics, government operations and foreign affair.  The course of study for the pre-law strand is:

  • Crime in America / Technical Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Principles of Law and Government
  • Courts and Criminal Procedure with Mock Trials
  • Political Science (I and II)
  • AP Government (focused on law)
  • Business Law

The Protective Services Strand is for students who are interested in careers in law enforcement (federal, state or local level), special services (such as the CIA), forensics (medical examiner, crime scene investigators) and corrections (correctional officer, probation officer, prison or jail warden). The course of study for the protective services strand is:

  • Crime in America / Technical Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Correctional Systems & Practices
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Courts and Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Justice Internship (the opportunity to work for a law enforcement agency)

The Law and Criminal Justice Program will provide an avenue for students to become involved in the community, gain direct experience in their field of interest, and develop a greater sense of the legal system (both criminal and civil). Students in these strands will participate in some or all of the following interscholastic competitions:

  • Mock Trial
  • Mock Legislature
  • “We the People” (a simulated Senate Hearing on the Constitution for students in the AP Government class)

Other avenues of "real world" activities include field trips (to courts, law firms and law schools and to police stations) and speakers from different fields who will provide students with a first-hand look at the career in which they are interested and will offer them the opportunity to explore their choice. Students will get a head start on any career involving law, law enforcement, civil service or any other field.