Justice & Advocacy Academy

Justice and Advocacy is designed to appeal to students with superior verbal and analytical skills, who desire to attend law school following their undergraduate education. 
 
Careers in the fields of justice and advocacy include attorneys, judges, law enforcement and a variety of political, non-profit, medical, and political lobbyists. All of these careers require dedication, a passion for people, and the critical skills of persuasion, in both the written and spoken word. This program has been designed to sharpen these skills and to provide real life experiences to inspire and prepare our students for university programs that lead to law school. 
 
J&A students are leaders in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and in the community. While these students tend to be unique individuals with diverse interests, they share a passion for justice and changing the world. They constantly seek out opportunities to voice their opinions, whether in writing or speaking, and they tend to be incredibly hard workers, who will not quit until the job is done, and done well. 

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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 court houses 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, and Forensic Science. 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 a J&A Endorsement that is added to a student’s transcript upon completion, providing them with a competitive advantage over traditional college freshmen. This J&A Endorsement will announce to universities that the student has accomplished a well-rounded, rigorous program in the areas of social and political science. Additionally, this J&A Endorsement 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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  • LAS VEGAS MODEL U.N. RESULTS

    • 4 Best Witness - Commendation Awards - Grant Yang, Chandler Hricsina, Emily Barnes, & Michelle Reiss
    • 2 Best Research Awards - Bella Gorichar & Jia Chen
    • 3 Outstanding Delegate Awards - Robert Flummerfelt, Sydney Elliott, & Cameron Bracey
    • 1 Best Delegate Award - Thadius Fried
  • MOCK TRIAL EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT STATE TITLE

    • Best Witness - Lucas Richardson
    • Best Attorney - Zachary Smith
  • MOCK TRIAL GARNERS 10TH PLACE AT 2017 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    • Outstanding Witness - Lucas Richardson
  • MOOT COURT COMPETES AT DUKE’S HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL

    • Second Day Finals - Victoria Amen & Donald Sea
    • Quarter Finals - Nathan Gulla & Erick Rodriguez

Thank you for your Support

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Requirements & Coursework

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  • GRADE LEVEL & GPA

    Invitations will be sent out in January for freshmen and sophomores to apply who:
    • Have a weighted core GPA (English, math, science, social science) of 3.5 or higher.
    • Earn an 80% or higher in Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Sociology, Forensic Science, Trial Advocacy - Honors, or Sport & Performance Psychology 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.  
  • REQUIRED CLASSES

    J&A students must earn an 80% or higher in all required courses:
    • Choice of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Sociology, Forensic Science, Trial Advocacy - Honors, or Sport & Performance Psychology
    • Composition: Persuasion & Argument
    • AP English Literature, AP English Language, or AP U.S. Government
  • COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE

    Students must continually participate in at least one of the following: Mock Trial, Moot Court, Model United Nations and We the People. Students are also required to complete an approved 50+ hour internship by working in the courts, legal aiding, or participating in Trial by Peers.

J&A Middle School Opportunities

Watch announcements for information!
 
Middle School Mock Trial | April
Middle School Model United Nations | May
Middle School We The People | Coming Soon!
 
Courses include Speech and American History