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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  • 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

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 GPA 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.

    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.
  • 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 with law firms, courts, law enforcement, politicians, action groups, or participating in Trial by Peers.
  • REQUIRED CLASSES

    JURISPRUDENCE AND DIPLOMACY REQUIRED CLASSES

    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, Sociology, Forensic Science, Trial Advocacy - Honors, or Performance & Sport Psychology
    - Persuasion & Argument
    - AP English Literature, AP English Language, or AP U.S. Government


    CRIMINAL JUSTICE REQUIRED CLASSES

    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, Sociology, Forensic Science, Trial Advocacy - Honors, or Performance & Sport Psychology
    - Intro to Criminal Justice
    - Persuasion & Argument, AP English Literature, AP English Language, or AP U.S. Government
     
     

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 Globalization and American History