Students in Law Studies class participated in a virtual mock trial on a fictional court case, People v. Andrea Madison, where a high school student is charged with assaulting an officer, assault and battery, and disorderly conduct after an incident with a Swiss army knife. After choosing roles – attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense, witnesses, and the defendant – they studied the details and background of the case, researched the law, and prepared for trial. The class met in a series of Zoom meetings, making it Mount Carmel's first virtual mock trial. Whether virtually or in the classroom, students are evaluated on their ability to prepare their cases, present arguments, and follow court procedural and evidentiary rules.





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