The Law Signature School Project provides funds for building a courtroom within schools that have been designated as "Law Signature Schools" by the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education. Law Signature Schools have a core, law-related education curriculum available to high school students. This project builds upon the law signature school program by collaborating with partners to create a courtroom environment for students. The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) project goal is to foster interest and participation in the legal profession and to provide a better understanding of the justice system. Regardless of ultimate career choices, students will profit from having a greater understanding of the law and the political process.
Courtroom at West Monroe High School
The LBF and West Monroe High School formed a partnership and built a fully functioning courtroom on the high school campus. The courtroom is fitted with judge, jury and advocate seating and serves as the setting for mock trial competitions, speaker functions and future court proceedings.
The LBF's Classroom to Courtroom Project builds upon the law signature school program by collaborating with partners to create a courtroom environment for students. This is the third classroom courtroom to be built by the LBF. The goal is to foster interest and participation in the legal profession and to provide a better understanding of the justice system. Regardless of ultimate career choice, students will profit from having a greater understanding of the law and political process.
West Monroe High School is one of the premier high schools in the state and the South. WMHS is a fully accredited school by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been commended for its academic achievements, athletic talent, student involvement, and community support. WMHS LEAP scores are among the highest in the state, and the school offers over thirty organizations and fifteen athletic teams in which students may participate.
Educational Courtroom Built in a Lake Charles High School
The LBF partnered with Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning (LCB Academy) and built a fully functioning courtroom at their Lake Charles campus.
Established in July 2007, the Lake Charles-Boston Academy is designed to create a center for extension learning services that expands and enhances the educational, artistic and career preparation of students throughout the Calcasieu School System. The law-related education curriculum will be available to the 11 schools in the Calcasieu School System and will be open to schools in Jeff Davis, Allen, Beauregard and Cameron Parishes as well.
LBF Funds Courtroom in a Lafayette High School
With funding from the LBF, Northside High School in Lafayette completed the first courtroom-classroom within a school in Acadiana.