Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice Host Mock Murder Trial

Undergraduate students in the Introduction to Criminal Justice class at NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice participated in a Mock Murder Trial, on Tuesday, April 23 at the Shepard Broad College of Law. The course is taught by Assistant Professor Grace Telesco, Ph.D.

The mock trial was the culmination of hard work, research, investigation, and preparation that spanned the entire semester. The class was given a mock murder case to analyze, and ultimately try, in a courtroom setting with an actual Judge (Ret. Judge Victoria Brennan). The undergraduate students, many of whom are Criminal Justice majors or minors, took the stand as witnesses and defendants, with fellow student prosecutors and defense attorneys hammering them with questions and sound arguments. Undergraduate students from other criminal justice courses served as jurors, as well as members of  NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

This collaborative and interactive educational modality proved to be an invaluable learning experience for all in attendance. Many students commented in the de-brief that working on the Mock Trial Program throughout the semester has inspired them to change their majors or minors to Criminal Justice and Law.

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