Rosenblatt High School is proud to offer students a highly competitive Legal Studies Program. The program enables students to experience special class offerings that allow them to explore their interests in the field of law. Students are given opportunities to consider the legal profession, and to experience a competitive advantage in any career path they choose. Moreover, the Legal Studies Program assists students overall with developing their analytical skills, communication tools, complex decision making capabilities, and ability to handle future academic and work challenges.
Upon completion of any two Legal Studies Classes with an average score of an “A” and participation in an extracurricular law-related team or club for two semesters, Rosenblatt High School will award students with a Certificate of Completion and Academic Excellence in the Legal Studies Program.
Sample of Class Offerings
1) Introduction to Law. Students learn about the six basic required subjects in law school: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Torts, Property and Contract Law. To supplement classroom learning and lectures, students will enjoy wonderful guest speakers, including judges from the Palm Beach County Courthouse, a deputy from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a public defender and a state attorney. Students will also take a class trip to the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach, where they can learn from different judges and watch multiple legal proceedings.
2) Law and Mock Trial. Students learn both criminal and civil law along with courtroom procedure and the accompanying rules of evidence. The class will review and analyze a case study provided by FLREA, Florida Law Related Education Association, which is partially funded by the Florida Bar Association. A new case study is provided yearly by FLREA for the Florida High School Mock Trial Competition, in which Rosenblatt High School competes. The class performs the mock trial, and top students are selected to participate in the County Competition on behalf of Rosenblatt High School.
3) Business Law. Students learn about various legal business entities, the legal protection they provide, and how to form the same. The students create their own businesses and accompanying legal documents, which include contracts, leases, articles of incorporation, shareholders agreements and bylaws. Students learn about corporate law and intellectual property, which includes patent, trademark and copyright law. Students also learn how to file their own trademark.
4) Social Media and Law. As technology evolves, so must the law. The class addresses the rights of individuals and businesses in the social media space. Students explore the regulation of this industry, which must balance personal privacy, social needs, monetary gain and ability to enforce the laws in this field. Students analyze major companies including Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like. They study Constitutional law including freedom of speech and free press. The class reviews the laws that surround this industry, such as cyber harassment, copyright/trademark infringement, and advertising.
5) Sports, Arts and Entertainment Law. Students learn about sports, arts, and entertainment law by analyzing pertinent case law and current events. We discuss negotiating various contracts with Alternative Dispute Resolution provisions. Students draft employment contracts, venue agreements, and non-compete agreements. Students study the following areas of law: contracts, torts, constitutional, labor and employment, insurance, and intellectual property. Class speakers include attorneys that handle these matters.
6) Criminal Law and Procedure. Students examine the U.S. criminal justice system. The class analyzes famous cases in American history, as well as important laws derived from them such as the Miranda warnings. The class learns about crimes against people and property, as well as the defenses to the same. Special guest speakers include private trial attorneys who represent defendants, public defenders and prosecutors. The class tours a detention center and listens to sheriff's officers regarding required procedure.
7) Advanced Legal Principles. This is an advanced course that provide students with knowledge in constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, evidence, torts, property and contract law. The class reviews and analyzes benchmark cases. Guest speakers will include specialized attorneys in these fields. Students are required to draft respective legal documents.
Mock Trial Team
Students have the option of participating in this academic competition, in which a team of 6-8 students role play attorneys and witnesses in a fictional trial. The competition is typically held during the first week of February. Students have a chance to compete against other school teams in their judicial circuit, and the winner advances to the state competition. Study aids will be provided which include case materials, questions, answers and notes.
Moot Court Team
This team will file an appeal from a trial court to an appellate court, which involves two components: a written brief to the Supreme Court of Florida, and an oral argument. The top brief writers in each Appellate District will have the opportunity to present oral arguments in District Court of Appeal’s competition.
The Law Club meets every other week to discuss pertinent cases and legal issues in the news. The students have an opportunity to interact with the Law Club advisor and discuss American Jurisprudence.
Students are encouraged to continue to learn in the summer through various internship possibilities. Internship possibilities include, but are not limited to, positions at the state attorney’s office or the public defender’s office, at judicial clerkships and at private firms.