Mock trial for class of 15-40 students
The scenario is this: Six students engage in an after-prom party where there is some drinking of alcohol and widespread marijuana smoking, and two of the students are involved in a fatal car crash driving home from the party at approximately 3:30 a.m. the following morning.
The goals of this mock trial are:
1. to teach students how civil trials work, what joint and several liability is, and what compensatory and punitive damages are.
2. to provide an opportunity to engage the students in a serious and science-based, student-led discussion about impaired driving, specifically driving after consuming marijuana and/or alcohol.
13 Witness/attorney profile sheets and instructions
Common Courtroom Objections reference sheet
Map to Mass. State Social Studies Standards and Common Core Standards
This mock trial is an accordion trial: You can do it with as few as 15 students, or as many as 40 students. For trials with small classes, I have drawn my juries from study hall volunteers, a larger “outside audience” which adds an incentive for students in my classes to take the trial seriously. Alternatively, you could just have a bench trial where the judge decides the case. Also, you can adjust the number of attorneys on each side from 1-3 based upon the class size.
- Thomas R Eddlem