The Richmond High School Law Pathway students experience many forms of work-based learning opportunities. From field trips to guest speakers, the Pathway students learn a wide variety of subjects pertaining to Law. Below are some examples of work-based learning opportunities our students experience.
- Students participate in the Annual Legislative Learning Day. Students from Richmond High School Law Pathway visit the State Capitol for a detailed tour and engage with state legislators to learn the nuances of several legislative bills. In the past, students have met in the offices of over 15 legislative members and their staffers, including the offices of Senator Isadora Hall, Senator Hancock, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Tony Thurmond, Dr. Shirley Weber, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Holden, Reggie Sawyer Jones, and Mark Ridley Thomas.
- Students participate in mock trials and may decide to be part of a school team that competes at the county level and beyond in their junior year. In senior year, students may go beyond the criminal law and study appellate argumentation based on case law, as well as participate with community partners in a service learning project.
- Field trips including going to the County Crime Lab, Martinez Superior Courts, U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and California District Court of Appeal, among many other places.
- Past speakers who have orated to Pathway students include but are not limited to Federal and State judges, the US Ambassador to Australia, police officers, parole officers, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, and Victim Assistance Advocates.
- This pathway begins in grade 9 with an Introduction to Law course, during which students learn about the structure of our legal system and about their rights under the law, as well as how the Constitutional due process rights must guide police work and the trial process.
- In their second year, students take a course in forensic science, where they learn about crime scene investigation techniques.