The US court system allows for a lower court decision to be re-examined to assure that the law was correctly applied and the proper procedures were followed. With no new evidence examined or witness testimony heard, the panel of judges are given the task of combing through the court transcript and records to either affirm, modify, or reverse a lower court’s decision based on the correct and consistent application of law.
This requires logic, critical analysis, precise reasoning, an eye for detail, and the ability to see the whole picture. If that is describes you or the type of skills you’d like to develop, this is the class for you! You’ll not only learn about the appellate court, rooted in problem-based learning principals, you will experience what it’s like to be an appellate court judge in a hands-on way reminiscent of Athena’s Trial Law & Jury Basics classes.
Note to parents:
- Because of the nature of the advanced legal nature of this class, students should have completed either Trial Law Basics & Mock Court or another outside legal or mock court class/experience. It is assumed that students have a working knowledge of the US court system and what a lower court trial entails.
- This case will be based on a situation involved the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is strongly recommended that students have read the novel prior to the start of this class.