Mock trials are an excellent fit for the idea of experiential learning that we spoke about earlier in the year.
Throughout the preparation, execution and reflection, you will find yourself at various stages of the cycle. In simulations, we always face the tension between “reenacting what happened” and being in the moment. In these mock trials, the emphasis is on you learning legal procedure, honing research and public speaking skills, and generating an authentic experience that will enable you to reflect upon your conception of justice with an aim to strengthen, expand, add or modify it.
In other words, our focus is not on acting but immersing ourselves in a role and responding in real-time.
Timeline + Deliverables:
- Wednesday November 12- work on familiarity of case and process, roles
- Friday November 14- Progress Report #1 due by beginning of class (post to hub)
- Tuesday November 18- Progress Report #2 due by beginning of class (post to hub)
- Thursday November 20- Progress Report #3 due by beginning of class (post to hub)
- Wednesday November 26- Mock Trial (R v. Girard and R v. Mitchell) and Court Watching @ Law Courts.
- Friday November 28- Mock Trial (Karadzic) @ Saints.
- Tuesday December 2- Girard/Mitchell Summation Report due by beginning of class (post to hub) all cases Reflective Writing (in class, post to hub)
- Thursday December 4- Karadzic Summation Report due by beginning of class (post to hub)
Progress Report Templates: