Founded in the fall of 2012, JSerra's Law Magnet Program introduces students to the field of law and helps prepare them for the rigors of law school. Comprised of a combination of academic classes and clinical practice, the program emphasizes the ethical role lawyers play in society to ensure the rule of law is maintained and to help ensure justice is served when conflicts arise.
This four-year program focuses on developing students' written, verbal, and analytical skills. Students who successfully complete the program receive special recognition on their diplomas and wear law chords at graduation.
Courses with Real-World Experience
The core law courses are modeled after actual law school courses and taught by an adjunct law school professor from the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University as well as by licensed attorneys.
Law Magnet students learn how to raise and defend an argument; develop their analytical thinking, reasoning, and speaking skills; and write many different types of legal briefs/memoranda. In short, students will have a solid understanding of what preparation for a legal career entails.
COLLEGE CREDIT AND REAL ESTATE LICENSE
Additionally, Law Magnet students will have completed two of three classes necessary to sit for the California Real Estate License exam, and receive college credit for the same classes. Students could complete the third course at Saddleback College online or at the college itself, take and pass the license exam, and become licensed agents as early as the age of 18. Holding such a license at this age would enhance their later law school applications and also provide a potential source of funds to help assist parents in paying for college expenses. Law Magnet students will also receive college credits for their senior year Business/Contract Law class through Saddleback college.
SOCIALIZE WITH PEERS
Finally, students in the program will have fun! The Mock Trial program develops camaraderie and helps students forge friendships with their Law Magnet schoolmates. The program also has social activities throughout the school year that will lead to students' having fond memories of their experiences in the program
I am so thankful to be a part of this program not just because it has navigated me in the right direction, but also because the memories and the friendships that this program has brought me will never be forgotten.