PRE-LAW & PUBLIC AFFAIRS MAGNET PROGRAM
The Pre-Law and Public Affairs magnet program at Fort Lauderdale High School provides a well-rounded, college-preparatory curriculum designed for students who are interested in exploring various careers in Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, and Public Service while maintaining a broad curriculum of Arts, Science, Math, Language, Social Studies, and Technology Education.
The overall mission of the program is to deliver realistic experiences and the foundations needed to inspire, realize, and pursue law-related passions. Our goal is to graduate students who have gained real-world experience and insight into their future careers and already made significant connections with community members in law, government, or public service.
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Courses in the Pre-Law program are available to all enrolled students at Fort Lauderdale High School (FLHS) and integrated throughout the school day in core courses, electives, and co-curricular activities.
Potential careers: lawyer, paralegal, judge, bailiff, court reporter, etc.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Potential careers: politician, lobbyist, congressional aide, etc.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE & LAW ENFORCEMENT
Potential careers: police, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals, CIA, etc.
Potential careers: EMT, firefighter, military service, etc.
Potential careers: social worker, therapist, Child Protective Services, etc.
CLUBS, ACTIVITIES, & COMMUNITY EVENTS:
The school is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the governmental county seat, offering students ready access to elected officials and municipal meetings, along with the chance to participate in off-campus executive internships. The Pre-Law and Public Affairs magnet program uses these to provide insight into all three branches of government. Already innovative coursework is enhanced through use of unique, theme-inspired components that add a real-world aspect to a students' typical academic experience.
Pre-Law and Public Affairs students also have access to several other program benefits, such as:
o Advanced Placement, AICE, Honors, and Dual Enrollment Courses
o Debate teams and competition
o Florida Academic Scholarship Award
o Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship Awards
o Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
o Broward Sheriff's Office Student Explorers Program
o Student volunteer service opportunities
o Field trips relevant to course study
o Mock Trial & Moot Court teams and competition
o LAWTalk series - presentations given by local professionals, such as lawyers, paralegals, judges, and federal law enforcement agents. These Q&A forums are usually held in the Lecture Hall during study halls and are open to all students to attend.
Students are required to take at least one law and/or public affairs elective each year. Most pre-law and public affairs electives are available at the honors and/or AP/AICE levels. Students must also make sure that they meet Florida graduation requirements in addition to program requirements. A full course list with suggested progression is also attached below in PDF form.
Students from throughout Broward County who meet the requirements may apply to the Pre-Law and Public Affairs Magnet Program at Fort Lauderdale High School.
Students applying to the magnet program must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and a Level 3 or higher (i.e. passing) on their Florida Standardized Assessment (FSA) for Reading and Math or a math End-of-Course Examination (EOC).
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