DePaul College of Law volunteers worked closely with high school students from Legal Prep Charter Academy to teach litigation and negotiation skills in a yearlong program developed by the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative. Law students coached Legal Prep teams for a negotiations competition among classmates and sent qualifiers to a final round event at law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Two Legal Prep students advanced to the final round, earning second place overall.
This is the second consectutive year DePaul has worked with the Legal Prep Charter Academy, the first legal-themed charter high school in Chicago. Located in West Garfield Park, it also serves the surrounding Austin, Lawndale and Humboldt Park communities. Students are exposed to the legal profession while developing skills in communication, critical thinking and advocacy.
DePaul welcomed the opportunity to work directly with these students and pique their interest in the law and legal profession. This year's volunteer team, comprised of students as well as alumni, faculty and staff, met with Legal Prep students monthly to teach a skills lesson and to assist students in working through hypotheticals and practicing for the competition.