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Fischer High Legal Studies Track News

We have exciting news about Fischer High’s Legal Studies Track. This year we have enhanced our Legal Studies Program by welcoming Leslie Barclay, Esq. to our staff. Leslie has been involved in law and business for over 20 years, practicing as a securities arbitration attorney, a transactional attorney at Port Everglades, and a municipal bond attorney for Broward County. She also worked as an auditor for the Federal Home Loan Bank and was responsible for reviewing the financials and loan portfolios of savings and loans. Leslie added to this experience by joining a Goldman Sachs joint venture where she provided loan and real estate portfolio analysis and due diligence services. She received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center College of Law, her M.B.A. from the University of Miami, and her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

The Legal Studies Track is a three-year program and is open to all students in grades 9-12. All classes will include field trips to courthouses and/or businesses and visits from practicing attorneys to offer their perspectives and expertise. The first course is an introduction to the law, focusing on various areas of law, including criminal law, tort law and constitutional law. It is an interactive course with class discussions examining how to apply case law and how the law relates to our everyday lives.

The second year begins with a review of criminal and tort law, leading to a mock trial. The course will examine the psychology that goes into picking a jury, as well as how to create a case theory and cross-examine witnesses. The second semester will cover areas of law that will have personal value for students, regardless of whether one decides to become a lawyer. With a focus on becoming a smart consumer, students will learn how to understand basic financing terms and enter into mock contract negotiations.

In the student’s senior year, the Legal Studies Program will culminate in a law-related internship. If you are interested in enrolling for any of these courses, please contact Meredith Michaelson in the High School Office.