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In the heart of Louisville, Ky., Rikaiya Long stood outside the courtroom recently, presenting oral arguments to the legal brief she wrote a week prior. Lawyers listened intently as she defended her position on strict liability.

Rikaiya isn’t a lawyer, though – she’s a high school student. And the lawyers were student professors from the University of Louisville.

This fake courtroom takes up half of Rikaiya’s classroom at Central High School. She is enrolled in the school’s Law Magnet program – one of its many “paths” that combine academics with exposure to careers in specific fields. These programs offer students the opportunity to take Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that provide real work-based learning experiences.

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