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Law Academy - Preparing Students for the Future


I have been serving as a Law Academy mentor since 2008 at Balboa High School in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. This amazing program gives high school students access to practicing attorneys and judges so they can gain an understanding of the legal system and the role of attorneys in our society.


The Law Academy is run by the San Francisco Unified School District in partnership with San Francisco Bar Association and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and the practice of law. It includes a variety of activities and lectures that are designed to give students a broad understanding of the legal profession. The program covers topics such as legal ethics, criminal law, civil law, and constitutional law.


In addition to their classes, the Law Academy includes a summer internship program. During the internship, students get first-hand experience in various activities like court hearings, depositions, and client meetings that are designed to help them gain an understanding of the day-to-day duties of attorneys. Students also have the opportunity to meet and interact with practicing attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals.


In addition to the classes and internship program, students also have the opportunity to visit law firms and courthouses to see first-hand how law is practiced in the real world and to interact with legal professionals in their workplaces.


The Law Academy is an excellent program for students interested in pursuing a career in law. I wish I had something like it when I was in high school.


Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering or donating (contact@harriman.law). For more information about the Law Academy:

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