O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies
Every industry is subject to laws and regulations. An understanding of our legal system and how law operates in different environments provides a solid foundation for any career. In addition, the study of law fosters critical thinking skills crucial to higher-level studies.
The King’s Academy is pleased to offer a pre-law studies program for students interested in developing an understanding of the law, as well as for students interested in a career in law.
A course in the O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies program during high school years is attractive to colleges, proving academic rigor. Students are encouraged to sample a course in the program even if they do not want to complete the sequence of courses required for a designation on the diploma. Designation requirements include include:
- Complete all Standard Graduation Requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- A combination of 4 courses will be required
- Introduction to Law
- Legal Advocacy Skills (Oral and Written Advocacy) Honors
Plus any 2 of the following elective courses:
- Constitutional Law Honors
- Criminal Law
- Business Law and Ethics
Each course is one semester, and courses may be taken in any sequence with the exception of Legal Advocacy Skills (which is considered the capstone course of the program). A Mock Trial competitive team launched in the 2017-2018 academic year, and received second place in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in its inaugural year of competition.