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Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, The

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
283 Adams Street
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-858-1160

Our Insights

What’s Special

Curriculum using law to engage students

The Downside

No chemistry or physics

The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice is located in a gleamingly renovated courthouse among many court buildings near the Brooklyn Bridge. The school’s embrace of its theme, though, goes far beyond its location.

SLJ, as it is called, is the product of a partnership with a leading Manhattan law firm, a relationship which continues to this day, along with affiliations with other law organizations. The humanities-focused curriculum includes classes such as forensic science, constitutional law, and participation in government. The school says it is not trying to put all its students on a path to a legal career but, according to its website, uses legal issues to develop basic skills and “a love of analytical thinking.”

The approach seems to be successful. Although SLJ does not screen applicants on the basis of their academic records and takes a range of academic levels, attendance, graduation rates and preparedness for college all are well above average. Almost all students are accepted to college, and most attend, with more than two-thirds going on to a four-year school, according to the school’s comprehensive educational plan.

SLJ stresses literacy in the 9th grade with a double period of English and, according to its web site, has small classes. It offers a number of AP classes, with two – U.S. history and psychology – geared toward 10th and 11th graders. Students may take visual arts or theater.

Support from the Adams Street Foundation allows the school to have a full-time enrichment program manager. It provides an array of extracurricular activities to students, and the partnership allows many children to attend college programs or travel abroad over the summer.  In 2017, seven SLJ students worked with CBS News to produce taped news reports on cyberbullying and sex education for LGBTQ+ youth. SLJ was featured in the 2014 book, Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education

Admissions: Law and Justice is open to all New York City residents and selects students through the educational option method, designed to insure a mix of students at all academic levels. It has more applicants than seats for them and does offer a very limited number of slots to incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, school and DOE reports, October 2018)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Law and justice are the lenses through which subject matter is viewed and academic skills are developed. Our theme reflects our conviction that educating is in itself an act of social justice, and that learning can be amplified when done through the lens of the law.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Downtown Brooklyn (District 13)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line, R Line to Borough Hall; A Line, C Line, F Line to Jay St-Borough Hall; B Line, Q Line to DeKalb Ave; G Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; J Line, Z Line to High St
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69


Kristin Ferrales
Parent Coordinator
Marvin Harris

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Adams Street Educational Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?

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