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Conducting a mock trial in class
Jan. 31, 2020

Rachel Stender
Lester Prairie School

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Students have been busy in business law class at Lester Prairie School, and recently they transformed their classroom into a courtroom.

Throughout the first part of the year, students learned about different aspects of law, such as the court system, different types of offenses, and how conflicts can be resolved.

Students then watched an example of a mock trial, and learned how to perform one. In a mock trial, a case is presented, and students select a role of who they would like to be in the trial. Some options students could choose from were: judge, bailiff, prosecution witnesses, prosecution attorney, defense witnesses, or defense attorney.

For this mock trial, students were given a preview of what the case was about. In this situation, it was a case that involved a car accident with a bicyclist.

The prosecution witnesses and attorneys worked together to learn their stories and form questions for the defense.

The defense, in turn, followed the same process.

The jury members and the judge remained neutral, and worked in a different area of the classroom studying Minnesota laws.

In the end, the classroom was turned into a courtroom, and the students had a chance to bring their case to life. The students also dressed up to fit the theme of the courtroom. The jury found the bicyclist to be at fault in the accident.

The students worked very hard, and are looking forward to another mock trial.

Students will be starting marketing this upcoming semester, and are excited to see what products they can market to the public.

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