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

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District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA)

Applications for the 2018 District Attorney’s Justice Academy are now available.

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 November 9th 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.

2018 Applications

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: NOVEMBER 9, 2017, AT 4PM.

Tri-Valley: Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore Joint Unified School Districts

Application Tri-Valley 2018 (Word)

Application Tri-Valley 2018 (PDF)

Tri-Valley Flyer

Eden area: Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts

Application Eden 2018 (Word)

Application Eden 2018 (PDF)

Eden Flyer

North County: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, Oakland, and Piedmont Unified School Districts

Application North County 2018 (Word)

Application North County 2018 (PDF)

North County Flyer


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

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


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.