Justice & Advocacy Academy

The Justice & Advocacy Academy is designed to sharpen the skills of persuasion in students with a passion for justice and changing the world. The academy provides real life experiences to inspire and prepare our students for university programs in law, political science, and criminal justice. Careers in the fields of justice and advocacy include attorneys, judges, law enforcement and a variety of political, non-profit, and medical lobbyists. All of these careers require dedication, a passion for people, and the critical skills of persuasion.

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  • COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE


    At the core of our J&A Academy is the opportunity for students to participate in at least one of our award-winning Mock Trial, Moot Court, Model United Nations and We the People Teams. Students work with members of the professional community to prepare for competition, then face off against other schools throughout the country. J&A teams compete locally and have also traveled to Reno, Boston, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Denver, Boise, Newport Beach, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Teams have competed in Federal and District courthouses throughout the county, the United Nations, Harvard University, UCLA, American University, Denver University and George Washington University.  
  • OPPORTUNITIES


    Current course offerings in social science and English are supplemented with J&A course offerings of Persuasion and Argument, Trial and Advocacy, Forensic Science, and Criminal Justice. Students will complete a 50+ hour internship or other related experience. The J&A program includes field trips, guest speakers, and authentic courtroom experience in our very own Faith Lutheran courtroom.

  • ENDORSEMENT


    Faith Lutheran High School offers J&A endorsements in Jurisprudence, Diplomacy, and Criminal Justice. An endorsement is added to a student’s transcript upon completion, providing them with a competitive advantage over traditional college freshmen. A J&A Endorsement announces to universities that the student has accomplished a well-rounded, rigorous program in the areas of social and political science. Additionally, it will indicate that the student has become proficient in leadership, writing, and public speaking especially pertaining to justice and advocacy.

J&A News

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  • MOCK TRIAL WINS STATE AND HEADS TO 2021 NATIONALS


    Best Attorney - Cole Reese
    Best Witness - Sophia Smith
    Best Witness - Denida Rahmani
  • MOCK TRIAL WINS REGIONALS

    Best Attorney - Cole Reese
    Best Attorney - Lily Johnson
    Best Witness - Sophia Smith
    Best Witness - Julian Misko 
  • MOCK TRIAL PLACES 7TH AT EMPIRE NEW YORK

    Best Attorney - Cole Reese
    Best Attorney - Jonni Winn
  • MOCK TRIAL COMPETES AT EMPIRE CHICAGO

    Best Attorney - Lily Johnson
  • MODEL UN EARNS HIGHEST NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL AWARDS AT 2021 WRANGLER MUN


    Superior Delegates - Akash Abraham and Sabrina Richards
    Outstanding Delegate - Jacob Stowers
    Best Research - Angelina Orlando

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Requirements & Coursework

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  • GRADE LEVEL AND GPA

    Invitations will be sent out in January for freshmen and sophomores to apply who meet all of the following:
    • Have a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • Earn an 80% or higher in Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, or Trial Advocacy - Honors for first semester.
    • Participate with one of our Mock Trial, Moot Court, Model United Nations or We the People Teams during that same school year.
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE


    J & A students must maintain a 3.5 weighted GPA and earn an 80% or higher in all required courses:
    • Choice of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Forensic Science, Trial Advocacy - Honors
    • Criminal Justice
    • Persuasion & Argument, AP English Language, or AP U.S. Government
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

    Middle school students interested in J&A can watch announcements for participating in the Middle School Mock Trial and Middle School Model UN.