The McKinney School of Law at IUPUI is working with Indianapolis Public Schools to bring law school to kids. Students at the Shortridge Magnet High School will have access to mentors and tutors who are in the legal profession. The law-themed curriculum is also taught by McKinney school faculty. IPS Superintendent Eugene White says the idea has been in the works for a long time.
“It‘s meant to give them the kind of orientation that‘s going to prepare them to go either way, whether they want to pursue law or public policy, or anything else, it‘s just a good kind of foundation for them,” White says.
Shortridge Principal Stan Law says the partnership with the law school help kids to set goals.
“It gives our students an opportunity to sort of look ahead to some of the career options that they‘re going to have as we move them through middle school, and high school, on to college, it just gives them a lot of hands-on experience with the field, with the law field, and other areas impacted by law,” he says.
Ranging from law enforcement, to the courtroom, to public policy, kids have myriad options when it comes to government study, and understanding. The program is for students in 6th through 12th grades.