Creative Writing versus Legal Writing Lesson
As we get closer to the end of the year mock trial, the lessons are beginning to focus on what it is like to be a real lawyer. This lesson helped to teach the students that there is a difference between the writing style they have learned in school and legal writing. As a law student, I have to admit that learning how to make a legal argument was one of the most difficult aspects of my first year, so I knew that this was not going to be an easy lesson. But as always, the students took me by surprise and understood the concept in no time!
I created a simple formula using addition and to make a legal argument. In a worksheet with 4 boxes, the students compiled different pieces of their legal argument in each box and solved the equation to create their legal argument. I created scenarios based on the Kids’ Court Constitution to make the legal aspect applicable to the students. The scenarios showed a past student of Kids’ Court breaking all of the laws that we created to keep our community running smoothly. The students made the argument that the student should go to the principle using the law from the Kids’ Court Constitution and the facts from the scenarios. I was so excited that the students understood the process and all created great legal arguments. This was a great lesson!