Criminal Law and Mock Trial
Survey major topics in criminal law, the criminal justice system, and relevant constitutional law. Study the evolution of our justice system and review criminal trials that have transfixed our nation. Examine the ways in which the Supreme Court interprets constitutional law and debate issues ranging from the death penalty to the insanity plea. Discuss the Supreme Court's role in interpreting constitutional law. Class may visit a courthouse. Practice the use of case method, enhance research and public speaking skills as you argue a case, and simulate the procedures of a typical criminal trial.