Moakley Courthouse Field Trips
Grades K-8

Field trips provide students an opportunity to tour the Moakley Courthouse and experience a key part of democracy first hand by participating in an interactive mock trial in a real courtroom.

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S tudents visit the Moakley Courthouse and practice democracy by engaging in mini mock trials in real courtrooms. Volunteers work closely with students to help them build their cases, guiding them through discussions, writing exercises, and role-playing activities designed to teach students about justice, and democracy. The exercise culminates with the student lawyers trying their case in front of a jury of their peers. From assigned ownership in the “Teddy Bear Trial,” to exploring the constitutional rights of students via the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, students gain a deeper understanding of how our judicial system functions and learn how to think critically, consider alternate points of view, and build an argument to present in front of others.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines from the CDC, we are not currently running in person courthouse field trips. Our program staff is taking this time to revise and update our field trips when restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted. In the meantime, students and teachers will be able to access mock trial and courthouse resources through our new virtual programs Classroom Mini Mock Trial Units.

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