Justice Teaching Center Programs

Middle School Mock Trial Virtual Competition

Annually, we will provide case materials for teachers and volunteers to use in the classroom to simulate a civil or criminal trial. Students will study the materials and reenact the case either in the classroom or in a courtroom. Students will be the lawyers, witnesses, and jurors in this experiential learning activity. Judges or lawyers can assist with serving as the judge in the trial simulation. We will have an annual competition for interested schools. You will tape your trial and submit using the instructions in the packet.

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High School Mock Trial

High school teams from throughout Florida's 20 judicial circuits compete for the opportunity to represent their region in the Florida High School Mock Trial Competition. Using a hypothetical case, teams present both sides of the case in the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Find out when your local competition is scheduled and how to register! Watch videos from previous years and get started with selecting your team for the 2020 competition! The winning Florida team is eligible to participate in the national high school mock trial competition!

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Florida Law Honor Society

The Florida Law Honor Society provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to be recognized for their academic scholarship, service, and leadership. Public or private schools may be eligible to sponsor a local chapter.

A member school must make available to students, two or more law-related education courses during a school year. One course may be American Government or a related course. The remaining course or courses offered annually must be law or criminal justice electives.

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We the People...the Citizen and the Constitution program

Program promotes constitutional literacy, as well as civic competence and responsibility among upper elementary and secondary students. The interactive strategies, relevant content and the simulated congressional hearing component make teaching and learning engaging for both students and teachers.

Students at the middle and high school levels may participate in a state level showcase to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution. Winning teams at the state level may be eligible to participate in the national competition.

Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program. Learn more about the research associated with this program and how to participate locally.

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Project Citizen

Civics should be engaging and provide opportunities for students to solve problems in their state and local communities. This project-based learning framework involves four primary components. Students identify a problem in their communities; research the problem and public policy alternatives; select or create a policy to best resolve the problem; and prepare an action plan with the steps needed to have the policy implemented by the government. Classes of middle or high school students, clubs, and other groups prepare a traditional or digital portfolio and may present their proposals before panels of judges at the district and state levels. Some districts hold Project Citizen showcases (similar to history fair projects). Classroom teachers may submit entries to the state showcase in April.

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United States Senate Youth Program

Qualified high school juniors and seniors may apply for the opportunity to experience government firsthand and compete for $10,000 scholarships in the United States Senate Youth Program.  Deadline for submission of applications is October.  Established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution and funded by the Hearst Foundations, the United States Senate Youth Program provides a unique experience for students interested in pursuing careers in public service.  If you are a high school junior or senior serving in an elected or appointed capacity in approved campus or community organizations, you may be eligible to apply for this extraordinary initiative. Two qualified junior or senior high school students will represent Florida in a weeklong program in Washington, D.C. receiving the educational opportunity to hear major policy addresses by United States Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Department of State and Defense, and directors of other federal agencies. In addition, each student delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.

The 58th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 7-14, 2020. All transportation, hotel, and meal expenses will be provided by the Hearst Foundations. Review brochure and rules carefully before completing the USSYP application.

The Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning at Florida Southern College administers the Florida application and selection processes for the United States Senate Youth Program. For more information contact apitts@flsouthern.edu.

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