HSLECJ was founded in 1981 by Dr. Judy Morris. The institution was originally designed to serve students interested in law enforcement careers and to encourage recruitment of more minorities to the police force. Over the past three and a half decades, however, the scope of the school’s mission has expanded. It now focuses on law and justice careers more broadly, with electives covering civil and criminal litigation in addition to law enforcement. To reflect this wider focus, the HISD Board of Education has voted to change the school’s name to “High School for Law and Justice” as of the 2016-2017 schoolyear. The renaming is scheduled to coincide with the opening of the school’s new campus on Scott St., which is being constructed with funds from the 2012 bond initiative. The new campus will have its own law library and courtroom.
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