School Overview:

The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice (SLJ) offers a challenging academic program with an emphasis on law and justice. We offer a nationally recognized college and career readiness curriculum. Through integrated partnerships, supportive relationships, and rigorous coursework, students develop strong communication skills and an understanding of the role law plays in society. SLJ students participate in the democratic process through Student Council, Town Hall meetings, and Youth Court. SLJ graduates are strong readers and writers who think critically, work cooperatively, and question constantly. Families and community members stay involved through an open door policy, frequent home contact by advisors, and monthly family events.

Programmatic Interest Area + Overview:

Law & Government

Law and justice are the lenses through which subject matter is viewed and academic skills are developed. Our theme reflects our conviction that educating is in itself an act of social justice, and that learning can be amplified when done through the lens of the law.


  • AP Summer Camp, Art Club, Black Student Union, Cheerleading, Chess, Chorus, Community Service, Dance, Debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, Internships, John Jay College Now, Latino Culture Club, Mentoring, Mock Trial, Peer Support, Photography, Red Hook Youth Court, SAT Prep, Step, Student Council, Summer Pre-College, Theater, Tutoring, Yoga, Young Men's Initiative, Young Women's Association, Yearbook
  • PSAL Sports – Boys: Basketball, Soccer
  • PSAL Sports – Girls: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball School Sports: Track

Additional Details/Offerings:

College Trips; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Extended Day Program (Tutoring); Internships; Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Internships; Summer Orientation; Uniform; Weekend Programs

Academic Opportunities:

  • Interdisciplinary Law-Focused Curriculum: Forensic Science, Constitutional Law
  • Global Issues, Research Writing
  • Advanced Placement courses in Psychology, English Language & Composition, US History, Environmental Science, and Microeconomics.
  • Advisory program
  • Partnerships with Brooklyn Law School, Red Hook Community Justice Center, the US Attorney's Office, and our lead law partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
  • English Language Learning Courses: English as a New Language
  • Language Courses: Spanish
  • Advanced Placement Courses: AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP U.S. History

  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • District: 13
  • Principal: Merilee Valentino

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