Pre-Law - 2 Week Course
Applying Legal Theory to Practice
Oliver Wendell Holmes famously stated that “the life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” In accordance with this observation, our Pre-Law course provides high school students the opportunity to explore the American legal system up close. This two-week program has been designed to provide participants with both academic and practical understandings of the law, legal education, and the operations of the American judicial system.
In this one-week course, we will cover:
- Theories of the law and coverage of the U.S. Constitution
- What a legal education can look like through a visit to the UConn School of Law
- The American criminal justice system, including a visit to a local courthouse and interactions with real-life judges and prosecutors
- Civil justice and torts/tort law
- Appellate decision-making by way of a Moot Court simulation based on a highlighted case in constitutional law
Participants are expected to reflect upon each one of these experiences daily as well as prepare for the Moot Court simulation at the end of the course. A Moot Court stimulation is a mock court where law students argue imaginary cases for practice. This course may be of particular interest to aspiring legal professionals as well as to those who have a curious interest in current legal issues. Feed your curiosity and join us this summer!
Faculty: Kimberly Bergendahl, Assistant Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut, Department Political Science