New Chicago high school grooms future lawyers

December 27, 2012

The Associated Press

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Founders of a new Chicago charter school hope to increase diversity in the legal profession.

The formula at Legal Prep Charter Academies includes a principal with a law degree, field trips to law firms and a biology class is inspired by the science of crime scene investigations.

The high school in the city's West Garfield Park neighborhood opened this year. It's the city's first high school with a legal theme. Sam Finkelstein and Rather Stanton are the two attorneys who founded the school. They tell the Chicago Tribune it took three years of unpaid 60-hour weeks to make their dream real.

The first 200 freshmen started in late August. The school will add a new class of freshmen every year.