The Charter High School for Law and Social Justice is the product of a unique partnership between two institutions of higher learning - the College of Mount Saint Vincent and New York Law School - which have combined their resources to design the School. Using a law and social justice theme, the School will expose scholars to the power of law to promote social change. It will provide scholars from traditionally underserved communities with a high-quality education focused on creating a pathway to college, graduate school, and careers in the legal profession.
The School’s objective is to provide scholars with a rigorous, high-quality education focused on equipping scholars with the skills they need for success in college and careers. The curriculum will include four years of ELA, History, Math Science, Spanish, Law-related electives, and a four-year law and social justice course sequence. The School will use a law and social justice theme to engage and inspire its scholars and help them reach their full potential. Educational programs will be designed to improve scholar achievement and learning, present increased learning opportunities, encourage the use of innovative teaching methods, and provide individualized support. Key design elements of the school will include a highly-skilled faculty, small class sizes, extended school days, a strong advisory program, mandatory summer bridge programs, mentoring, and real-world experience through community service projects and internship placements. Scholars at the School will also have access to a network of faculty, scholars, and alumni from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and New York Law School through the School’s partnership with these two institutions of higher learning.