Members of the award-winning Academic Decathlon team and student leaders in AVID from Inglewood High School visited Southwestern Law College’s beautiful mid-Wilshire campus on Sept 24. The school cordially invited IUSD to visit a traveling exhibit at the school and tour the law library and on-site courtroom.
But on this field trip, students also ended up in class. Taking time from her busy schedule, Associate Dean Nyree Gray taught a simulated law class. Sitting in the exact classroom where first-year students at the College attend class, Professor Gray presented an actual case study, teaching it in the way she would any of her own classes. Our students came impeccably dressed and ready to learn. Accompanied by IHS teachers Yanick Clay and Jackie Sparrow, students read the case, discussed and debated the facts on both sides, trying to understand how the law applies. This is how law is taught, and as Professor Gray said, our students performed as magnificently as any she has worked with, include those from prep high schools. After the classroom simulation, Assistant Dean Dr. Robert Mena gave an inspiring speech about his journey into higher education, about what it takes to succeed in law school and what students must do now to prepare. IUSD will continue to expand its partnership with Southwestern and neighboring four-year universities, in hopes of creating a law and government pathway program at Inglewood High School in the near future. Stay tuned!