Mock Trial & Mock Appeal Program
Mock Trial & Mock Appeal Program: Grades 6-8
Discovering Justice’s Mock Trial and Mock Appeal Programs pair middle school students with legal professionals to explore the judicial system, learn case analysis, and practice the civic skills needed to persuasively argue cases. Through these fun, supportive weekly sessions, student attorneys develop the confidence and vital civic skills like perspective taking, critical thinking writing, and civil discourse necessary to become leaders in our communities. This semester-long program culminates with students presenting their case before a real judge and jury of community members for Mock Trial and panel of judges for Mock Appeal.
For the 2022-2023 school year, Discovering Justice is excited to offer a new case, “Ross v. Clearmont High School,” based around the 4th Amendment and the precedent set by New Jersey v. T. L. O. Through this case, our teams will explore the limitations of personal privacy in school and online.
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8th Grade student, JFK Middle School
“Discovering Justice deepened my understanding of civics and government. The things I learned here helped me understand my classes—and that felt like it gave me the edge up in class, and in life.”
8th grade ELA teacher, Brooke Charter School
“In Discovering Justice, kids are learning to believe in themselves, and become more confident. I’ve seen the power of my students getting to apply the skills they’re learning—and making those real world connections is so important.”
8th grade student, Robinson Middle School
“During my four years doing Discovering Justice, I’ve made a lot of memories, and now I’ve found something I’m interested in, and something I’m really passionate about.”