Enjoy a full year of trial law with instruction in the basics and two mock courts!
The first semester, you’ll be immersed into the law school experience and learn all about how to be a lawyer. You’ll spend every other session working with your legal team applying your studies to your upcoming trials—one week learning about opening and closing statements, followed by a week working with your legal team to create opening and closing statements for each of your two trials.
Following your semester of training and preparation, you’ll spend eight weeks in a civil mock court and a second eight weeks in a criminal mock court trial.
You will be on the defense or plaintiff legal team with other students, plan your case step-by-step, and then execute it by examining witnesses, making oral arguments, and hearing the final verdict. This is your chance to learn what law school is all about and to be a real lawyer!
Any students who have completed training in Athena’s asynchronous Jury Basics class will be invited to serve on the jury for one or both cases. If there are no jury students available, the case will be a bench trial.
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 s/he can and can’t handle.
- It’s very important that students attend all webinars and actively work with their team. By enrolling in the class, students are agreeing to participate fully and with responsibility. This is a team-driven class and cannot function when teammates are unable to depend upon each other.
Message from a former student:
- Dear Trial Law Basics & Mock Court Student, This class could quite possibly be the best thing that happens to you. Even if you have already participated in a mock trial like I have, it’s similar to real life, but it has enough differences to keep it interesting and entertaining. I have five pieces of advice for you: …Keep refining those questions so you get what you want and you tell the judge a story…Cross examination will keep you on your toes — explain your reasoning to the judge and forge on…Study up on objections, and don’t be afraid to shout them out…Include both ethos and pathos in your closing argument. They really work wonders!…Have fun!” ~ Former Student