San Joaquin County District Attorney

Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)

(209) 468-2400
(209) 465-0371

High school students with a nomination by a teacher or counselor. Applications available for download in the spring at this link

None. Students only pay to receive transferable credits.

For nearly 20 years, high school students from around San Joaquin County have had the excellent opportunity to learn about the Criminal Justice System through a program operated by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin.

Open to all high school students, this program provides students with a unique summer learning experience — direct exposure to the justice system in operation. Students also have the opportunity to build professional and academic networks. Graduating from this program also looks great on a college resume. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Attendance is critical. There are four components to the curriculum:

  • Classroom instruction by justice system professionals, including criminal law and procedure, alcohol and traffic laws, career assessment tools, substance abuse, teen dating violence, domestic violence, child support laws, gangs, cyberbullying and social media, the long term importance of education and other relevant topics
  • Students will be paired with a mentor in the justice system in an area of their interest to provide personal guidance and insight into careers within the justice system
  • Students will also observe actual court proceedings, including, civil, criminal matters, drug, family law and DUI courts
  • Field trips will include a tour of the county jail, a live swat demonstration and a visit with the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento

Bus passes will be available for those students who need them for transportation to and from the courthouse.

Applications must include reference letter from a teacher and/ or counselor.

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Main Location
222 East Weber Avenue
Room 303
Stockton, CA  95202
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