Tuesday, October 18, 2016
From the ABA for Law Students Blog:
The Legal Prep Charter Academy is a legal-themed, open-enrollment charter high school located in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood at 4319 West Washington Blvd. It was founded in 2009 by Sam Finkelstein and Rather Stanton, young lawyers who had the goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Since the school’s commencement, teachers have been providing a legal-themed curriculum to Black and Hispanic students and allowing them an opportunity to succeed at four-year colleges and universities and beyond. The students at Legal Prep gain substantive experience strengthening their skills in the areas of communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, writing, and advocacy.
Legal Prep celebrated its very first graduation ceremony on June 4, 2016, honoring the achievements of the first graduating class of 90 seniors and the successes of the school since it opened in August of 2012. Judge Ann Claire Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, served as the keynote speaker. Judge Williams has been instrumental in encouraging the students to work hard, remain humble, and reach for their dreams no matter what obstacles cross their path.
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