Legal Prep Charter Academy began in 2009 with the vision of two young lawyers who were surprised and confused by the lack of diversity in the legal profession. Sam Finkelstein and Rather Stanton were working for Just the Beginning Foundation, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and improving pipeline programs to inspire young people and increase the diversity of the legal profession and judiciary. Both gentlemen came to the realization that the lack of diverse lawyers began with education. There simply was not equal access to the outstanding educational opportunities which lawyers required for success. Stanton and Finkelstein made a commitment to rectify the problem. In the fall of 2012, Stanton and Finkelstein opened the doors of Legal Prep Charter Academy to its first class of high school freshman. Since that time, Legal Prep has graduated eight senior classes.
Through our rigorous legal-themed curriculum, our enrichment programs - including our new colloquium offerings, our extended school day, and our dedicated instructors and community partners, our students receive an excellent education that distinguishes them in college and beyond. And, while not all of our alum have pursued legal careers - their careers paths have included architecture, engineering, music and teaching - they all developed the skills to be leaders and advocates for themselves and others in their communities.