4th Grade Mock Trial

This year in law school I have been mentoring a 4th grade class and teaching them all about law and law related things ie government and the police etc. The entire year culminated in a mock trial that they preformed at SMU for their parents! 

Our trial put Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz on trial for murder. Did she murder the Wicked Witch of the East or was it an accident or self-defense? It was pretty hilarious. Some of the kids got really into their costumes, please see the Tin Man below, he was great! 

Some of the main things we taught them: 

1. Call a lawyer. Even when you didn’t do anything, call a lawyer. 

2. If you see something bad call the police, don’t chase after the person by yourself. 

3. Vote. Always vote, otherwise you can’t complain. 

Oh and by the way, the jury decided Dorthy was not-guilty. She was pretty excited but the prosecutors were not happy. 

PS we had to remind them that when the jury finds the defendant not guilty doesn’t mean they are found innocent; they’re just found not guilty. Think about it. 

Have you ever done some mentoring?

  • http://www.oakandoats.com/ Elizabeth Mayberry

    what a way to teach your class! I love this!

  • Rachel Murphree

    Oh my gosh, that is such a fun lesson! Those kids are going to grow up to be so much more interested in the legal system. Plus, what a fun day for you!

    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • http://www.iris-hanlin.com/ Country Girl’s Daybook

    I’ve always wanted to try this. or at least sit in. looks like a blast!! Country Girl’s Daybook, recently: 20 http://bit.ly/1fZmc7w

  • http://www.mrthomasandme.com/ Amber Thomas

    These little kiddos are PRECIOUS. My brother is in fifth grade and I can’t tell you how cute those kids and their sweet interactions are. So sweet.