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Class Registration

Mock Trial

Grade/Age: 12 y/o–19 y/o
Dates: Sep 8, 2023 – Dec 8, 2023—Fri
Period: 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM, 3rd Period
Location: Planet Homeschool
Instructor: Theresa Redfern-Hall


Courtroom in Chase County Courthouse in Imperial, Nebraska. The courthouse was constructed in 1911, in a style described as Tudor Revival or Jacobethan.Have you ever tried to persuade someone to change their mind but were unable to present a good argument for your case? Do you like to solve puzzles or find answers to questions? Have you ever wondered how the legal system works or thought about being an attorney? Would you like to be more comfortable speaking in front of people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this may be the class for you! Students will learn about the origins of law and the basics of the United States judicial system. The class will look into how laws have been made throughout history and how lawmaking has evolved. We will then explore legal terms, courtroom etiquette, and individual roles involved in legal proceedings and trials. Students will explore and examine several actual court cases and then actively participate in three to four mock trials (time/class-dependent.) Court roles will alternate among students for each mock trial. The cases litigated will increase in complexity as the class term proceeds.

(Students who have taken this class previously can take it again, new court cases will be used.) Students will need access to Theresa’s website in order to access readings and assignments.

$10 supplies fee covers copies of case information

Some writing is required in and outside of class, practicing trial questions and case building.

Students should bring a writing implement and paper and/or a laptop to class each week.

Students can expect to spend about an hour and a half weekly on reading, research, and trial prep.

Students will need to work together outside of class time to prep for trials and roles.

Minimum Student Date: Fri 1 Sep 2023 — This course will be cancelled if the minimum number of students have not registered by Sep 1.
Registration Cancellation Deadline: Fri 1 Sep 2023 — Registration cancellations must be made by Sep 1 to avoid paying tuition.
Payment Due Date: Sat 2 Sep 2023 — Please plan to pay your tuition for this course on Sep 2.
Registration Deadline: Thu 21 Sep 2023 — Late registrations will be accepted through Sep 21, if space is available. Tuition will be due immediately upon registration.

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Image: Courtroom in Chase County Courthouse in Imperial, Nebraska. The courthouse was constructed in 1911, in a style described as Tudor Revival or Jacobethan. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 2010. Photo by Ammodramus. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.

Tuition: $180.00
Supplies: $10.00


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