Legal education no longer begins in law school. A small but growing number of educators see the law as an innovative way to reframe traditional curricula and help students develop the critical-thinking skills they will need to be successful in college, The Legal Intelligencer reported in its story, "Law as an Education Foundation."
At Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy in Indianapolis, attorneys will assume the role of teachers this year, according to the story. The public school for grades six through 12 opened last year with a mission to prepare students for college through the exploration of law and social justice, The Legal Intelligencer reported.
About 40 lawyers from Baker & Daniels and the legal department of Eli Lilly and Company will teach a 10th-grade course this year, including one semester each of civil law and criminal law - a program developed through Street Law, according to the story.
"This is definitely very focused on exposing kids to legal careers," Brita Horvath, the diversity and pro bono coordinator at Baker & Daniels, told The Legal Intelligencer. "A lot of the time when we talk about diversity, it's, 'Who is going to law school?' But a lot of it is about who is going to college. You have to drill further down the pipeline."