- Mock trial (civil law)
- Format: downloadable .PDF
- Developed by the D.C. Street Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center
- Free for non-commercial educational use. Permissions questions? Email [email protected]
After receiving numerous text messages and MyFace posts from a fellow student, a high school freshman sues his/her classmate for intentional infliction of emotional distress and the school system for negligent supervision.
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The mock trials you provide, at no cost, are awesome! When I taught eighth grade, I used your mock trials to challenge my TAG and high achieving students. I'm now teaching high school, and am excited to use your mock trials with all my students. Mock trials encourage reading, collaboration, writing, teamwork, organization and critical thinking - there is literally no downside! Thanks!
I have used this in my 7th grade class for the last 4 years. It has differentiated instruction throughout. Eager beavers volunteer to be attorneys. They spend researching the case, the law and reviewing witness statements. The next level of students provide excellent witnesses. I speak privately with them to help them understand ramifications of their views and statements. The last group are the jurors. The jury pool quickly realizes that they are the most important part of the mock trial. Listening, taking notes and not talking are vital. This scenario is very good for my age group. The witness statements leave lots of gaps for attorneys to explore and expose. I usually spend 3 days on the trial and 2 days on the verdict and debrief. But as we finish the Law unit, there are plenty of references to fall back on. I recommend this activity.