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Criminal Law Mock Trials: Class ONE

In this 4-week social studies course, Middle School students will learn the elements of crime, the role of prosecution & defence, the criminal trial process, and apply everything by playing roles in our online mock trials.
Sean Foster Collins, BA, BEd.
299 total reviews for this teacher
16 reviews for this class
Completed by 45 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Tue, Oct 11

Oct 11 – Nov 1 (4 weeks)
6:00 – 6:55 AM

Mon, Oct 17

Oct 17 – Nov 7 (4 weeks)
9:00 – 9:55 AM

Tue, Nov 15

Nov 15 – Dec 6 (4 weeks)
2:00 – 2:55 PM

Thu, Dec 1

Dec 1 – 22 (4 weeks)
12:00 – 12:55 PM
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Class Experience

Students will understand the key elements of criminal law, the courtroom, and the prosecution of crimes. Students will be able to apply these concepts of criminal law in regular discussions of real cases and in the roles they play in our online mock trials.  
I have taught Junior and Senior Law classes in High School and coached debate teams for over 10 years as a certified teacher of Social Studies. During that time, I have gained a confident understanding of the fundamental concepts of law as well as the best ways to simplify those concepts so that students can easily grasp them.  
Students should review notes and ideas discussed week-to-week and they will need to read the cases carefully, prepare their cases, questions & answers, and be ready to perform their mock trial roles during class time. 
"Case Briefs" will be provided for each of the mock trials outlining the crime, the charges as well as the information required to perform the roles.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students are informally assessed on their level of preparation and performance during the mock trials. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some case examples in the discussion may deal with violent or socially unacceptable situations which are in keeping with the nature of the class subject of crime. The teacher will always aim to be sensitive and avoid any too realistic or overly detailed descriptions of these crimes. 


Sean Foster Collins, BA, BEd.Learn with Sean!
299 total reviews
269 completed classes

About Me

Teacher Sean Foster Collins has been teaching English and Humanities since 2002.  He teaches ESL, English, Writer’s Craft, as well as junior and senior Law classes.  His experience includes middle school and high school teaching in Toronto,... 
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