McGeorge School of Law

High School Students Spend Day Immersed at Law School

February 28, 2013

Professor Raquel Aldana lectures during a mock law school class for high school visitors.

Discover Law 2013: Professor Raquel Aldana lectures during a mock law school class for high school visitors.

More than 250 Sacramento area high school students descended on the McGeorge campus on Feb. 22, 2013, to experience the law school's annual "High School Discover Law Day" activities.

The Office of Admissions and the McGeorge Education Pipeline co-sponsored the program, which featured a mock class with Professor Raquel Aldana, a campus tour led by McGeorge ambassadors, a simulation of jury selection and trial preparations, and a discussion with prominent criminal defense attorney Keith Staten, '92.

Many of the students who visited campus came from the Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High (NP3) with which McGeorge partners. Other schools represented included Sacramento High (School of Law and Public Service), Florin High (Domestic and International Law Academy), Stockton Pacific Law Academy, C.K. McClatchy High (Law and Public Policy Academy) and Burbank High (Law and Social Justice Academy).

On Feb. 28, NP3 was recognized with an Award of Distinction for its law-themed curriculum and peer sentencing court, as part of the Civic Learning Award for California public high schools. NP3 ranked in the top 8 of only 22 high schools in the state to receive recognition in the new program, co-sponsored by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, that "spotlights successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and identify models that can be replicated in other schools".