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Overview
The Law and Public Policy Program is an interdisciplinary magnet program that Towson High School is fortunate to include among its comprehensive areas of study. Topics relevant to law and public policy are used to develop strong communication, writing and presentation skills in students who are highly able and college-bound.

The program focuses on unique academic course work, leadership opportunities, extracurricular involvement, and real world experience to enhance class room instruction. The rigorous curriculum is designed to develop the essential skills of active citizenship, and a comprehensive appreciation for the principles and values upon which the law, legal processes and the entire legal system are based. Course work is designed to emphasize student involvement and includes the use of technology and research as integral parts of instruction. In addition, students participate in field experiences including, job shadowing, and internships in a variety of related law and public policy professions.

Admission
Admission to the Law and Public Policy Program is based on academic achievement in middle school. Accepted applicants will have maintained quarterly grades of no lower than a B average in all core curriculum subjects taken in 7th grade and the first quarter of 8th grade. Core curriculum includes English, Math, Social Studies and Science. In addition, candidates for admission should be taking Algebra I or higher in 8th grade. Applicants will also be evaluated by performance on the admissions assessment and the completion of an essay written on site at the time of the test. The essay does not require previous knowledge of law or any specific academic subject.

Information about the Baltimore County Public Schools magnet offerings, Assessment Guidelines, application timeline, and the new magnet online registration is available at the

 Office of Magnet Programs website


Law and Public Policy Course of Study

In order to graduate from the LPP program, students must earn 7 credits from the courses listed below.

Grade 9– Required Courses

  • GT LPP Government (1 credit) 
  • GT Law, Research, and Writing (1 Credit)

Students are introduced to law in American society and the rights and responsibilities inherent in our judicial system. The course provides students with a practical understanding of the legal system that will be of use in their everyday lives.

Grade 10– Required Courses

  • Advanced Placement World History (1 credit)
  • GT - Trial Advocacy Civil/Criminal (1 credit)

Grade 11– Required Courses

  • Advanced Placement United States History (1 credit)
  • GT International Law (.5 credit)
  • GT World Development of Law (.5 credit)

Grade 12- Required Course – (Choose one.)

  • GT Civil Rights/Liberties (.5 credit)
  • GT Economic/Public Issues (.5 credit)
Senior Year Internships are Available

Recent Law and Public Policy Program graduates are attending the following colleges and universities:

American University
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Case Western Reserve University
Clark University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech University
Gettysburg College
Gordon College
Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Lesley University
Morgan State University
Mount Saint Mary’s University

 

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Temple University
The Ohio State University
Towson University
University of Alabama
University of Delaware
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
University of Maryland-College Park
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of South Carolina
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Washington & Lee University
York College