Interested youth in grades 7 through 12 attend a basic legal education class taught by local attorney volunteers. Classes are held in the fall, spring, and summer. Each class course covers jurisdiction, procedure, advocacy, ethics, and case preparation. After successfully completing the class, students take a youth court bar exam. Students must pass the exam with a score of 70 or better to get sworn-in. Students have chances to retake the bar exam if they do not pass it the first time around.
What are some of the things members do?
As a member of Anchorage Youth Court, you have the opportunity to volunteer as much or as little as you like. Opportunities range from being a part of court hearings, fundraisers, social events, to being a member on one (or more) of AYC's three boards, taking part in trainings, attending field trips to various law-related places, going to the United Youth Courts of Alaska State Conference or even helping out around the office.
AYC Bar Association meetings happen monthly through the school year. Members who attend have the opportunity to meet other AYC members, stay up to date with all the happenings at AYC, and learn about various law related topics.
Trainings happen throughout the year for AYC members to hone their skills as judges and prosecuting and defense attorneys in actual criminal cases with peers.
What are some of the benefits to being a member?
Youth develop an understanding and respect for the law through classes and the administration of justice.
Victims and the community receive service and redress.
The opportunity to help other students and the community.
Gain skills in leadership, team work, public speaking, advocacy, and organization.
Juvenile defendants resolve legal problems without receiving a formal criminal record.
Reduces the volume of cases burdening the juvenile court system.
Opportunities for youth and adults to work together in a positive environment.
How much are dues?
Dues are $35 per year. Low-income waivers are available upon request.
Can I receive academic credit for my participation?
Yes. Available to high school students only. After completion of 120 hours of volunteer service you may receive 1/2 of an elective credit. Speak with your school counselor to make arrangements.