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Middle School Students Visit GW Law for a Mock Trial

Published on 8.8.17 | bit.ly/2vFMM3m | GW Law

Middle schools students of the D.C. Higher Achievement summer academy program recently visited GW for a day.  One of their campus stops included partaking in a one-hour Library Program “Law School Rock!” This year’s program, held July 31, was hosted on behalf of the Jacob Burns Law Library. The group was welcomed by staff members Andrew Lawrence and Trina R. Robinson who prepared activities for students.

Students were given an introduction about what it takes to go to law school and watched a short video, School of Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” about how laws are made. They then participated in a discussion where they were asked questions about becoming a lawyer. Earlier in the summer Germaine Leahy, Head of Reference/Energy & Environmental Librarian, wrote a script for a mock trial on cyberbullying that students had to act out. Questions on cyberbullying were asked before the start of the mock trial. Students were able to experience what it would be like to be in a court of law. Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence held a follow-up discussion with students, and the group was given a parting gift from the Law Library.

The D.C. Higher Achievement summer academy program allowed students to visit college campuses, where they had the chance to learn about different areas of studies. Since 1975, Higher Achievement has served over 10,000 scholars in Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA.

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