New Utrecht High School

The Legal Studies Academy


[Career & Technical Education] [College & Career Readiness]
1601 80TH Street
Brooklyn, New York 11214

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Mrs. Maureen A. Goldfarb, Principal
Mr. Jack P. Chan, Assistant Principal, Social Studies
Mrs. D. Colavito, Legal Studies Academy Guidance Counselor
Ms. A. Cicale, Legal Studies Academy Coordinator & Teacher
Ms. T. Hamilton, Legal Studies Academy Teacher


The Legal Studies Academy at New Utrecht High School was created to introduce students to the American system of government and law. The program was designed to promote and encourage civics and citizenship among our students. The Legal Studies Academy prepares students for the rigorous demands that come with both college and professional life. Accordingly, all courses are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, which aim to mold the college and career ready student.

It is the goal of the Legal Studies Academy to provide a wide variety of electives to students interested in pursuing careers in government, political science, social science, law, or criminal justice. Legal Studies courses consist of various hands on activities, discussion, debate, analysis and research of political, legal, and social issues facing Americans today. As members of the Legal Studies Academy, students will be given the opportunity to attend field trips, workshops and seminars, Law Institutes, Work Based Learning internships, career exploration workshops, and participate in essay contests and competitions. Throughout their course of study, students will also have the opportunity to meet with professionals in the vast field of criminal justice.

Over the course of four years, Legal Studies Academy students are required to complete a sequence of seven elective courses, culminating in a mandatory senior year technical assessment and [spring term] internship.

I look forward to working with your child over the next four years.

A. Cicale
Legal Studies Academy Coordinator


  • Freshman Year:
    Introduction to Law I
    Introduction to Law II
  • Sophomore Year: 
    Criminal Justice  
  • Junior Year: 
    Moot Court/Mock Trial 
    Constitutional Law 
  • Senior Year: 
    Legal Writing 
    Work Based Learning [Internship] 
  • Extracurricular Activities: 
    NYC Moot Court Competition
    NYS Mock Trial Competition
    NYU/Columbia University High School Law Institute
    FBI Explorers Program/NYPD Explorers Program
    International Moot Court
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice College Now
    Brooklyn Law School High School Law Workshops
    Brooklyn District Attorney Summer Internship Program
    Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program
    Work-Based Learning Internship
    Community Service
  • Industry Partnerships: 
    New York City Justice Resource Center 
    Goldman Sachs  
    Children’s Law Center 


For additional information, activities, and opportunities, contact Ms. Cicale in the Social Studies Department, 718.232.2500, and/or