Title

The courtroom as classroom: Integrating civic engagement in public law courses

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Date Issued

2011-01-01

Date Available

2012-04-06

Abstract

In this article I discuss logistics (course design and implementation) as well as course outcomes (the effects on what students learned about the judiciary as well as the results of the civically engaged classroom) related to the Courtroom Observation Research Paper Assignment in Introduction to Law and Politics. The assignment required students to visit a variety of federal and state courthouses and to observe criminal and civil cases at the trial and appellate levels. In their research, students were asked to integrate what they learned during courtroom observation with what we were covering in lecture and in assigned readings. The courtroom became an extension of the classroom, providing valuable lessons about the state and federal judicial processes.

Comments

Abstract only. Published in Journal for Civic Commitment, 17, 1-17.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Community College National Center for Community Engagement

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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