Each student will need their own copy. This curriculum will walk you step-by-step through the process of a mock trial.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Student
Chapter 1: The Basics
Start off on the right foot by learning about mock trials, why we have laws, and some basic legal vocabulary.
Chapter 2: A Biblical View of the Law
Consider the importance of Biblical principles on the origin of the American legal system and how a Biblical worldview will impact the mock trial. Explore important people and events in American legal history. Apply Biblical principles to legal issues.
Chapter 3: Who's Who in the Court System?
Discover the participants in the court system, differences between various types of witnesses, and the role of voir dire.
Chapter 4: Our Judicial System
Learn the differences between state and federal courts, trial and appellate courts, and civil and criminal courts--and how to decide in which jurisdiction to file a case.
Chapter 5: Types of Cases
Explore the variety of the law whlie getting a taste of criminal, civil and constitutional law--while learning about burglary, robbery, assault, battery, murder, manslaughter, torts, product liability, contracts, and the Bill of Rights.
Chapter 6: Steps in a Trial of an Appellate Case
Distinguish between the step-by-step processes involved in trials and appeals, how to arrange your classroom like a courtroom, different types of testimony and how to object to certain testimony during the mock trial.
Chapter 7: Persuasive Arguments
Practice your skills of persuasion while crafting witness questions, opening and closing statements, and a strong strategy for your trial or appellate case.
Chapter 8: Preparing for the Mock Trial
Use a team approach to prepare diligently for the length of time available to your class.
Chapter 9: The Mock Trial
Enjoy the fruits of your labor during the mock trial!