Legal Experiences

Academy Experience Gives Lift to Future Legal Eagles
Posted on 11/18/2019
When outlining her Academy Experience, Diana Schoder was clear in her mission to have an experience that would set her on a path to future success.

"I am 
pursuing this Academy Experience because I want to be prepared for my future," Diana says. "I have a general idea of what I would like to do with the rest of my life, but I do not think Perkins High School offers the necessary information or opportunity within its walls for me to be able to attain a beneficial headstart on my future."

It's for that reason that the PHS junior is grateful for the Academy Experience opportunity.

Diana and fellow junior 
Evie Mulvin are learning more about the inner workings of the legal system at the local level. They are teamed with professionals at the Erie County Prosecutor's Office and the Erie County Public Defender's Office, including Susan Brown, an assistant prosecutor, and Jeff Whitacre, an attorney for Erie County Public Defender's Office.

"I would love to discover whether a future in the legal field is a viable option for me before I expend time, energy, and money during college trying to find the answer to the same question," Diana says.

Field experience and observing legal profession will give me a much better idea of what to expect in a legal field, and help me to discover whether or not a legal profession is something I am truly interested in."

In addition to learning through field site visits and 
working with community mentors, every Academy Experience student completes a secondary component, which can range from entering competitions to online courses.

Diana carefully planned her secondary 
components – Mock Trial and ACT prep – to support her overall mission. 

Mock Trial will also help me discover more 
about courtroom proceedings and allow me to further explore courtrooms.  A higher ACT score will give me the opportunity to
gain acceptance into the college of my choice, and expand opportunities for my future.

"Academy Experience will offer me 
a jump start on my future and help prepare me for it which is why I am pursuing this amazing opportunity," Diana says.