Mock Trial Advocacy Street Law Workshop
LL.M Seminar 2068
| 1 credit hours
In Spring 2017, International LL.M. students will be eligible to participate for one credit in the Street Law clinic as assistants to the J.D. instructors. Law students in the Street Law Clinic teach practical law, constitutional law and public policy in classes to public high school students in the District of Columbia. In the spring semester, the Street Law Clinic conducts a mock trial tournament, in which all participating Street Law classes in the high schools prepare teams to compete in a mock trial tournament held at the D.C. Superior Court. This course is patterned on the “Human Rights Street Law Workshop” for International LL.M. students successfully conducted in fall 2014.
The mock trial problem is a complex and challenging packet of witness statements, evidence, statutes, case law, rules of evidence, and courtroom procedures. Law student instructors serve as coaches for the high school students. As they help the high school students understand and integrate the details of the problem, analyze the facts and issues, develop strategies, and develop advocacy skills, law student instructors gain deeper understanding of both the mechanics and the larger picture of trial advocacy training.
In addition to teaching about the law, Street Law instructors use the inherent interest in the law to teach basic academic and civic skills such as reading, writing, listening, oral expression, problem solving and analytic thinking. By conducting classes using learner centered teaching methodology according to a democratic, due process model reflecting cutting edge educational practices, Street Law instructors not only teach about justice but also in a manner consistent with justice. This method works particularly well using in the comprehension and explication of a mock trial problem.
The International LL.M students will participate during the mock trial preparation process, an 8 week period in February and March. Up to ten International LL.M. students will provide assistance to law students in various high schools. The J.D. law student instructors will do the lesson planning and will be the primary classroom instructors, while the International LL.M. students will assist with learning the mock trial facts and law, engaging with the issues raised in the trial, comprehending the context of the issues, developing trial strategies, and developing and practicing advocacy skills.
LL.M. student responsibilities include attending workshops and seminars, assisting with teaching, and writing weekly journals and a final paper. In early February, the LL.M. students will attend a specially designed series of preparatory seminars to learn the Street Law methodology. Following that, LL.M. students will attend Street Law seminars for 2 hours per week on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 PM, assist in teaching 2-3 classes per week at a DC high school through the end of March, and write a weekly journal of their observations and reflections. An eight to ten page paper analyzing their experiences will be due at the end of the semester. The LL.M. students will be supervised and evaluated by the Street Law faculty and fellows. The course is offered on the Pass/Fail basis. The exact dates of the orientation, seminars and teaching period will be described in the syllabus.
Students should expect their time commitment for the workshop to be 50 - 60 hours [plus the time to write the paper.]
The benefits of this collaboration include: 1) increased integration into the life of GULC, 2) improved English language skills, 3) direct experiences in the culture of America and its schools, 4) awareness of and capability in the Street Law methodology and 5) contributing meaningfully to the public interest.
The Street Law Clinic will present an informational session to describe the program and answer any questions at a time and date TBA during the add/drop period in January.
This class is only open to foreign educated LL.M. students (i.e., those students who do not have a U.S. J.D. degree),
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