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Mock Trial gives students hands-on experience


In the beginning of the school year, criminal justice teacher Mr. Mitchell gave the opportunity for students to join a club called Mock Trial.

Mock Trial takes place after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in room 8205 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The club offers 1.5 community service hours per day to students attending rehearsal. Mock Trial allows students to analyze criminal cases and develop strategies to participate in court trials.

Each student is given a different position such as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, bailiff, court clerks, witnesses, backup prosecutors, detectives, etc.

One unique aspect about mock trial is that students get to actually go into a real courtroom and meet up with actual attorneys, so it’s a really good opportunity for students interested in learning more about this industry or potentially pursuing the major in college.

“The legal process of mock trial enhances students ability to analyze, decipher, and use cognitive thought, along with forcing you to think and use logic,” Mitchell said.

The only downfall of this is that it’s too late to sign up now, but students interested in joining next year can email Mitchell at [email protected].

“I like it because in a way it gives you a voice and allows you to step out of your comfort zone and build friendships with the people you meet throughout,” mock trial member Mary Moreno said.

Another member, Janeth Ayala, added, “I enjoy what I do, I get to be more out there and it gives me an open space where I can be myself without getting any backlash, it gives me the confidence to go up and talk confidently.”



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