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. Register for your local circuit competition. Watch videos from previous years and get started with selecting your team for the 2021 competition! The winning Florida team is eligible to participate in the national high school mock trial competition!

The 2020 competition was canceled due to the pandemic. We are working with the national mock trial competition to develop alternative models if virtual competitions are needed this year. You can sign up at the link below to stay connected.

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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

The 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will be held in an online format for 2021. Washington Week ONLINE will take place March 14 – 18, 2021 and will be a fully immersive learning experience incorporating the key elements of the program week in an exciting, interactive format.

Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students must attend the entirety of the program to receive the scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year, OR if students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit a qualifying position held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership positions are subject to the judgment and verification of the state selection administrators. The deadline to receive applications in Florida is December 14, 2020. 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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