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

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District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA)

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.

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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.

2017 Applications

The students successful in their applications for the 2017 DAJA program have already commenced their session.

Applications for the 2018 cohort will open up in the Fall of 2017. We cannot take applications outside of the application period.

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 .

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

Further information

You can reach us at

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