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Capital Region Career & Technical School

New Visions: Law & Government

NEw Visions studentsStudents interested in current events, the electoral process and politics, government and public policy, or the world of law can explore related careers in New Visions: Law & Government. Through this program, located across the street from the Capitol, high school seniors learn firsthand about the executive, legislative and judicial branches of New York State government as well as about the private legal sector.

Through different internships, students work with and shadow law and government professionals at places such as the Attorney Generals office, the courts, the state Legislature and many different public and private interest advocacy organizations. New Visions: Law & Government students study a curriculum that integrates political science, law, English and economics and includes units in foundations of law, government and citizenship, criminal justice and civil law, political philosophy, Constitutional law, campaigns, elections and special interests, institutions of government, public policy, and the legal profession.

Students field experiences include attending trials, visiting a maximum security prison, lobby, an overnight tip to Philadelphia and culminate in a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., where they meet with their states senator and Congressional representative and attend sessions of the United States Supreme Court and Congress.

New VisionsNew Visions: Law & Government alumni have gone on to attend the nations most competitive colleges and graduate schools, practice law, and serve in government, including as senior staff positions in both the State Assembly and the Senate, the New York State Court of Appeals (the states highest court) and in the White House!

Course credits:

  • English 12 Honors - 1 credit
  • AP US Government & Politics - 1 credit
  • Economics Honors - 1/2 credit
  • Legal Skills Practicum - 1 credit
  • Criminal Justice Honors - 1/2 credit


College credits:

  • Students may earn four credits in Criminal Justice and three credits in English through the State University at Albany


Application procedure:


Read more about it:

  • The New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources runs a profile of a 2016 graduate in its publication. (Scroll to page 8) Read more.
  • The Times Union reports on the 9/11 museum lesson for New Visions: Law & Government Read More
  • Times Warner News reports on the 9/11 museum lesson for New Visions: Law & Government Read More
  • WNYT reports on the 9/11 museum lesson Read More
  • WTEN reports on the 9/11 museum lesson Read More
  • CBS 6 reports on the 9/11 museum lesson Read More
  • The Daily Gazette runs a photo gallery of the 9/11 lesson at the New York State Museum.
  • The Daily Mail reports on the program winning a national award.
  • The Times Union reports on CTE New Visions students winning a regional contest Read more  (January, 2015).
  • The Troy Record reports on the September 11, 2014 lesson at the New York State Museum.
  • The Times Union reports on the program getting a behind the scenes look at the judiciary.
  • New York State School Boards Association reports on the program Click here.


Alumni Newsletter: Click here for the most recent edition. (PDF)


Its a fact:

  • As the seat of New York State government, Albany and the surrounding region offer countless employment opportunities in the legal, governmental, public administration and related fields.





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