District Attorney's Justice Academy 

The Justice Academy is for juniors and seniors who are residents of and attend public high school in Alameda County.

Applications for the 2018 program year have closed, but please follow us for updates.


what is DAJA?

The District Attorney's Justice Academy is a six month learning and working experience for high school juniors and seniors ages 16 and up who are interested in pursuing the study of law, justice, social justice, and the courts.

How DAJA works

During the spring semester, our DAJA students meet twice monthly to participate in highly engaging and thought-provoking seminars led by legal experts in the field. These meetings encourage students to think critically and analytically, research, ask questions, and problem-solve. 

For a four to five week period, out students are placed in a paid internship with a local government agency, non-profit organization, office of an elected official, or private law office over the summer. At the end of the program, the students present a persuasive oral argument on a topic they encountered in the seminar series. This Academy teaches teens about the many facets of the justice system while encouraging critical thought and civic engagement. 

Awards and achievements

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DAJA was granted the 2013 Achievement Award in the category of Children and Youth by the National Association of Counties. 

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DAJA received the Merit Award in the 2013 California State Association of Counties Challenge Award Competition.