District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA)

2020 APPLICATIONS - You can apply online or find an application in your school

DAJA is for juniors and seniors who attend public high school in and are residents of Alameda County.

Application download links:

North County cohort (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, Oakland, and Piedmont)

Tri-Valley cohort (Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore)

Eden Area cohort (Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo)

Tri-City region cohort (Newark, Union City and Fremont Public High Schools)

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. Download our DAJA brochure.

This Academy teaches teens about the many facets of the justice system while encouraging critical thought and civic engagement.

Who Can Apply?

The Justice Academy is open to juniors and seniors who are residents of and attend public high school in Alameda County.

Complete and submit your DAJA application before or by the due date. Spots are limited, so we urge you to get your application in as soon as possible.

To access the right application, click on the application link below that is associated with the region where you attend high school.

How DAJA works

This Academy teaches teens about the many facets of the justice system while encouraging critical thought and civic engagement.

During the spring semester, our DAJA students meet twice monthly to participate in highly engaging and thought-provoking seminars led by 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 to an audience on a topic they encountered in the seminar series.

DA Nancy O'Malley hosts one of the seminars that focuses on the criminal justice system.

Awards and Press

Congratulations to Neisha Moore, DAJA '17, who will be headed to USC is the fall!
Read the East Bay Times article

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

District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA)

A learning and working experience for high school seniors and juniors.

For six months, the student will attend seminars from experts in the field of social and criminal justice.

Students are encouraged to think critically, ask questions, and problem-solve.Over the summer, each intern is matched to an appropriate paid internship.

At the conclusion of the program, the students present a oral argument to an audience.

What do we know about DAJA alumni?

reported that DAJA contributed to their preparation for college and/or career

are either participating in internships or are employed since completing the academy


100% attend college

“Participating in the DAJA program opened my eyes to various opportunities in the justice system, and has led me to follow the path to law school."
DAJA Graduate 2012

Download the infographic as a PDF

Alumni Spotlight

Find out more about the DAJA Program and what our alumni have gone on to achieve on our DAJA Alumni Spotlight page.

Further information

For more information, please email us at daja@alcoda.org or call Niki Martinez, Youth Program Specialist, on (510) 272-6997.