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Elizabeth G. Macias Legal Studies Academy is your answer!!

Honoring Judge Elizabeth Macias

The Honorable Elizabeth G. Macias is a first generation Mexican-American. She is the first in her family to obtain a high school diploma. Through example her parents instilled in her the importance of a strong work ethic. She is an Orange County Superior Court Judge assigned to the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, California. Before being appointed to the bench by Governor J. Edmund Brown Jr. in December 2012, she was a Deputy Federal Public Defender with the Central District of California. Judge Macias graduated from California Western School of Law in 1999, and is a 1995 Cal State Fullerton graduate with bachelors degrees in Psychology and Chicano Studies and a minor in Spanish. Since 2009, Judge Macias has taught trial litigation skills to attorneys and judges from Spanish speaking countries through California Western School of Law.
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Legal Studies Academy at Santa Ana High School Vision Statement

To increase diversity in the field of law by increasing the accessibility to legal professions and promote future opportunities in the justice system for Santa Ana students.

Legal Studies Academy at Santa Ana High School Mission Statement

The mission of the Santa Ana High School Legal Studies Academy will be to prepare students to become future leaders in the field of law. The fundamentals and principles learned by Academy students will prepare them to excel in a variety of legal professions. The Santa Ana High School Legal Studies Academy will provide:


  • Law-related content embedded in core set of classes English and Social Studies

  • Law-specific career technical courses (Criminal Justice, Foundations of Law and Law and Order) and College Now courses such as Business Law and Law 100.

  • Professional mentoring, networking and internship opportunities with legal partners.

  • Students will participate in the fall mock trial training and the Orange County Mock Trial Competition.

  • Students will host and participate in Peer Courts and other restorative justice activities.

  • Students will attend relevant events and field trips to law schools, courts and other civic related sites.

  • Students will be given the opportunity to partner with agencies such as Santa Ana College, CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine and law schools at USC, Chapman, UCI, UC Davis, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount and University of San Francisco. Students will have access to academic programs such as the paralegal certification or the 2+2+3 program. (2 years at SAC, 2 years at a university, 3 years at a law school)