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Jacob Javits Law

Law Academy

Welcome to the Jacob Javits Law Academy at Francis Lewis High School. This law academy is a unique program for high school students, grades 9 through 12. At the Jacob Javits Law Academy, you will have an opportunity to learn about law in a way that will be of practical use to you. The courses are designed to provide you with an understanding of your legal rights, responsibilities and knowledge of everyday legal problems. It will also provide you with the ability to analyze, evaluate and resolve legal controversies.

One key benefit of joining the law program is the opportunity to earn up to nine college credits by the time you graduate through our partnerships with SUNY Farmingdale and CUNY Queens. Students also have the opportunity to earn the Seal of Civic Readiness on their diploma as a unique distinction indicating that they are informed and active members of their community.

Our approach to law related education includes case studies, mock trials, debates and role-playing. The Academy utilizes community experiences such as court tours and guest speakers, including judges, attorneys and officers of the law. We have an affiliation with the Manhattan law firm of Proskauer Rose, LLP, who assist students in preparing for Moot Court competitions. Many of the Academy students are also placed in prestigious law internships, including the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program and Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program with the New York City Bar Association.

Upon completion of the required number of courses and activities, students will receive a certificate in law-related education and nine college credits.

Student Testimonials:

“My experience at the law program at Francis Lewis has been amazing. I’m learning so much about our government and expanding my knowledge about the civil and criminal court. My teacher is the best and explains all her lessons thoroughly. By the end of class you will learn something new about our government.”

“My experience with the law program is very interesting because not only do I learn about law but I also learn more about what is happening currently in the world. I would recommend the program to other students because the program really gets your mind working and makes you think deeply.”

“​I love the school's Law Program. We learn things that affect our lives as American citizens. Knowing our fundamental rights is important. This class could also help some make the right decisions since they know law and its consequences. The information that we learn in the class can be used for the rest of our lives.”