Kovacs & Associates, Attorneys at LawClass # 41 Grades: 4- 5- 6
Become an associate attorney in this rapidly expanding law firm. All new associates will be assigned to defend or prosecute someone accused of breaking the law. Explore your own sense of right and wrong and compare it to real laws. If you are hired by this firm, you will be given the chance to draft wills, contracts and business agreements. You will be a vital team member in this law firm and will be attend staff meetings, study laws that apply to your caseload, and prepare and present legal papers such as Summons and Petitions, Complaints, Briefs, and Proposed Judgments. You will explore the most effective ways to resolve disputes considering procedure, result and cost. You will be asked to negotiate settlements and mediate disagreements. You will pursue the best course of action on your client’s behalf. Your name will even be on the letterhead!
Part of your job in this firm will be to design your own office, and shop for your office furniture and supplies. You will also be asked to design a business card for yourself to hand to prospective clients. What works and what doesn’t to get business in the door? You will decide on advertisements and yellow page ads to promote your services.
As part of the experience you will visit local law offices, a law school and a county courthouse. After observing lawyers at work, you will put your knowledge to the test as you present your arguments to “the Court.”
If this sounds like the job for you, please fill out the ‘job application’ you will find in this catalogue. (Others may refer to this as the Summer Academy admission application but I will know it’s your job application if you select this course.)
Jamie Kovacs, an attorney, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1982 and went from there to Drake University Law School, graduating in 1985. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1985 and practiced law until 2001. Starting in 1997, Mrs. Kovacs took time off from her law practice to teach this Summer Academy course that provides elementary students the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a real attorney. After her experiences teaching Summer Academy and, in her own children’s classrooms teaching Junior Achievement and other enrichment programs, Ms. Kovacs returned to school and got her teaching license in 2006. She was hired by the White Bear Lake School District that very month and has been teaching in the district ever since. This will be her sixteenth year at the Academy.