Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

Meet DA Nancy E. O'Malley

District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA)

Welcome to the 2016/2017 School Year! Thank you for your interest in the District Attorney’s Justice Academy.

Applications for the 2017 Justice Academy classes will be available at the end of September at your school site as well as here, on the DA website.

Applications will be due in the middle of November. We look forward to hearing from you.

What is DAJA?

The District Attorney’s Justice Academy is a six month learning and working experience for high school students ages 16 and up who are interested in pursuing the study of law, justice, social justice, and the courts. The Academy is offered to students who are residents of Alameda County and attend public school in the following districts:

Tri-Valley: Dublin Unified School District, Pleasanton Unified School District, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

Eden area: Castro Valley Unified School District, Hayward Unified School District, San Leandro Unified School District, San Lorenzo Unified School District.

North County: Alameda Unified School District, Albany Unified School District, Berkeley Unified School District, Emery Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, Piedmont Unified School District.

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How DAJA works

During the spring semester, our DAJA students meet twice monthly to participate in highly engaging and thought-provoking seminars led by legal experts in the field. These meetings encourage students to think critically and analytically, research, ask questions, and problem-solve.

Our students are placed in a paid internship with a local government agency, non-profit organization, office of an elected official, or private law office over the summer. At the conclusion of the program, the students present a persuasive oral argument on a topic they encountered in the seminar series. This Academy teaches teens about the many facets of the justice system while encouraging critical thought and civic engagement.

Awards and Press

Our DAJA Program won the 2013 Achievement Award in the category of Children and Youth by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

DAJA also received the Merit Award in the 2013 California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Awards Competition .

Learn more about DAJA from OneDublin.org's interview:
District Attorney’s Justice Academy Offers High School Students Internships and Lessons in the Law


Check out the community work one of our alumni is currently doing to New York.

Further information

You can reach us at daja@alcoda.org.

For additional information about our DA's Justice Academy, please watch the video below and contact:

Teresa Drenick
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
1225 Fallon Street, Room 900
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 272 - 6280
Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org