Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Hundreds of students gathered at St. John’s University School of Law recently for the annual Catholic Middle School Mock Trial Program. The program, which began 11 years ago at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School, now includes 14 participating schools.
St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School sent four teams to the competition this year. The students received case packets early in the year and then formed teams that prepared to argue for the defense or prosecution. Their efforts culminated at the Law School, where 13 trials took place simultaneously in various rooms. Law school professors, alumni, and friends of the law school served as judges to decide each case.
Through the process of preparing and arguing their cases, the students learned to build an argument and gained experience with the workings of the legal system. In addition, they had the opportunity to hone their public speaking and analytical skills.