Human and Legal Studies

Law as a Profession

The focus of this four year comprehensive program provides a basic theme, "Law - the Foundation of Human Society" on which the curricula are structured. All courses are taught in conjunction with a mentor law firm which provides lawyers to work directly with Curtis students.


Law Enforcement Academy

The focus of this four year comprehensive program, through service learning and an interdisciplinary approach is public service careers related to public safety. all courses are taught in conjunction with John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Justice Resource Center Law influences every aspect of our lives. As a member of a family, as a worker, as an entrepreneur, as a tax payer, each of us is affected by the law. Therefore, Law-related education is of prime concern if students are to become participating citizens of today's society. Curtis offers two, four-year legal studies strands in preparation for a college path in the legal field. Both programs provide students with in-depth studies of law and its applications in our society and world. The Human and Legal Studies small learning community provides understanding of and preparation for law-related careers in the business world.

Course Sequence


Freshman Year

Law as a Profession - Introduction to Criminal Law, Introduction to Civil Law

Law Enforcement Academy - Introduction to Criminal Law, Introduction to Civil Law


Sophomore Year

Law as a Profession - Mentor Law I & II

Law Enforcement Academy - Criminology, Drugs, Gangs and Juvenile Justice


Junior Year

Law as a Profession - Trial and Debate I & II

Law Enforcement Academy - Police and the Community*, Probation, Parole and Corrections*


Senior Year

Law as a Profession - Great Trials/ Constitutional Law, Economic and Business Law*

Law Enforcement Academy - Advanced Topics in Law, Enforcement and criminal Justice


*College credit from St. John's University is available through special selected Human and Legal Studies courses


Administration

Assistant Principal: Ms. D. Aversa - Room 330 (ext. 3301)

Coordinator: Ms. N. Beresford - Room 307 (ext. 3071)

Guidance Counselor: Ms. K. Potter - Room 140B (ext. 1402)

Dean: Mr. R. Rauntenstrauch - Room 124 (ext. 1222)


Department Aide/Para:

Ms. D. Palumbo,

Ms. G. Siller - Room 125 (ext. 1255/1251)


Human and Legal Studies Academy Teachers

Freshman Law: C. D'Aversa,

Sophomore Law: D. Aversa (LEA), T. Shaughnessy (LAP)

Junior Law: C. D'Aversa (LEA), D. Aversa (LAP)

Senior Law: C. Packowski


Announcements

Law Club! Every Tuesday

after 10th Period in room 307

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Law influences every aspect of our lives. As a member of a family, as a worker, as an entrepreneur, as a tax payer, each of us is affected by the law. Therefore, Law-related education is of prime concern if students are to become participating citizens of today's society. Curtis high school offers two, four-year legal studies strands in preparation for a college path in the legal field. Both programs provide students with in-depth studies of law and its applications in our society and world. The Human and Legal Studies small learning community provides understanding of and preparation for law-related careers in the business world. In addition to regular academic subject curricula, both programs are enriched by visits to state, federal and municipal courts. Likewise, those judges and their staffs serve as classroom speakers as well as other guests from the legal community: professors, law journalists, the Office of the District Attorney, the Richmond County Bar Association, NYPD, FDNY, DEA, FBI and Corrections. For Extracurricular activities, students may participate in Moot Court, Mock Trial and Lincoln-Douglas Debate Competitions. For other enrichment activities, students may participate in Law Club, in which they publish the Legally Yours Newsletter.