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