Every American is expected to perform his or her civil duty and to serve on a jury if summoned. However, few people understand what that civil duty entails and why it is so important to our justice system. (Even fewer people will actually have the chance to serve on a jury.)
In this class, you will not only gain a basic understanding of trials, you will take part in a live mock court jury trial. Learn about the order of a trial, what a grand jury is and what function it serves, what it’s like to be a jury member in federal and state courts, the history of American juries, and all about some famous trials.
You won’t have to wait until adulthood to serve on a jury, though. Athena’s very own civil and criminal courts need jury members to help decide cases, and you are being called to serve, and once you complete this Jury Basics & Service course, you’ll be ready!
Note to parents:
- Be aware that this class will be discussing court cases which inherently involve crimes. While every effort has been taken to avoid the more egregious crimes, there will still be mention of criminal proceedings. Please stay involved with your student during this class since you best know what they can and can’t handle.
- Students must plan to attend all webinars during the eight weeks spent in trial. If a webinar will be missed, plans must be made with the instructor.
- Though it need not be completed immediately preceding this class, before serving on a live-webinar jury at Athena’s, students must have instruction on how to become a juror. This is done asynchronously through our the Jury Service Basics information included in each Jury Service course: Civil Jury Service and Criminal Jury Service.
- *The official course start date for the Civil Jury Service course or the Criminal Jury Service course is the date you enroll.
- Please contact Prof. Deborah at email@example.com for more information.