Established in 1977 by federal court order, the mission of the JBS Law Magnet is to provide students with the opportunity for career exploration in the areas of law, government and law enforcement through experiential learning and to prepare them for careers in the areas of law, government and law enforcement in a diverse and changing society.
Originally the JBS Law Magnet operated as a half day program. Students remained at their home school for academic courses and attended the Law Magnet for their elective courses. Over time, the program was expanded to full time with the school housed at 912 S. Ervay and remained there until 1995.
In 1978, Judge Barefoot Sanders signed an order in the Tasby case that required all magnet schools, with the exception of Booker T. Washington, be housed in one facility. Seventeen years later in 1995, the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center opened and housed the School of Science and Engineering, School for the Talented and Gifted, High School for Health Professions, School of Business and Management, School of Education and Social Services and the Magnet Center for Public Service: Government, Law and Law Enforcement.
In the summer of 2009, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, led by President Jack Lowe, named the Law Magnet for Judge Barefoot Sanders. The official naming ceremony occured in October 2009 with numerous special guests, including Judge Sanders widow, Mrs. Jan Sanders. Mrs. Sanders donated a portrait of the Judge and one of Judge Sanders' gavels to commemorate the ceremony. At the naming ceremony, one of Judge Sanders' law clerks and Law Magnet graduate - "passed the gavel" to Law Magnet Seniors Dennise Quintanilla and Zavier Wingham. Thus, the tradition of "passing the gavel" from class to class to was re-instituted.
JBS Law Magnet Awards:
Nominated as a High Performing National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - 2012
Exemplary rating by the Texas Education Agency - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Gold Medal School by U.S. News and World Report - 2012 (#26 in State and #320 Nationally)
America's Best High School Recipient - #116 in Nation 2012 by Newsweek and the Daily Beast
America's Best High School Recipient - #135 in Nation 2011 by Newsweek and the Daily Beast
Washington Post High School Challenge - #65 in Nation 2011
Top Ten Dallas Area School 2010, 2011, 2012 by Children at Risk
Higher Performing School 2011 by the NCEA and ACT