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Social Studies

Criminal Law Mock Trials (Level 2)

Learn and discuss the historical roots and philosophy behind the law, the elements of crime and the criminal trial process, and then apply it all by playing roles in our class mock trials.
Sean Foster Collins, BA, BEd.
287 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 19 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Class Experience

Students will understand the key elements of criminal law - some of the history and philosophy behind it and how it is applied in 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 and clarify those concepts in a way that students can easily grasp.  
Students should review notes and ideas discussed week to week in order to be able to answer questions in review quizzes.  Also, after the mock trial cases and roles are assigned, students will need to read the cases carefully, prepare their cases, and be ready to perform their role during class time.  
Class "Note-Taking Guides" and "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.
Learners are informally assessed by their contributions to our class discussions and quizzes. They are also 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!
287 total reviews
261 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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