High School Students Participate in Mock Trial
Well it was a unique way for some high school students to spend their saturday morning. Students interested in pursuing a career in law were able to participate in a mock trial.
Eighty national honor society students from LBJ, Alexander and United high schools got a chance to take part in a mock trial at the federal court house.
"It provides insight, exposure to students who are interested in pursuing a law degree or criminal justice or a career in law."
Attorney Javier Montemayor says the lawyers participating in this program have a broad range of experience to bring to the table.
"It's a mock case, but they're actual participants in the case so they get to experience what courtroom life is like."
A teacher from LBJ high school said that judge Diana Saldana and her team along with a group of attorneys came to the school to hand out the students assignments so they would have time to prepare for their court date.
"The students got their roles, the students were informed of what they were going to say and also the part they were going to play."
They were given the role of a prosecutor, defense attorney, or jurors. The students had a mix of emotions from nervous to excited.
"They switched at the last minute and that's what we want from them, to be exposed and to see if that's what they really like."
After discussing courtroom procedure and trial strategy with local attorneys, students were then ready to hold their mock trials.
One of the attorneys says a program just like this one helped him decide to go into law.
"When I was in middle school...this is how I decided I wanted to be a lawyer through a mock trial such as this."
He's hoping the students can relate to him since he's from the community and has been an attorney for over twenty years.
"They can say 'Hey listen, if he did it...I can as well.'"