About the Course

Making the Case: Effective Legal Arguments

  • Grades 7-10
  • CTY-Level
  • LIVE

Objection, your Honor! Overruled! Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt! These are the phrases that lawyers and judges battle with in our favorite courtroom dramas. They speak to the argumentation at the heart of the adversarial American justice system in which two sides advocate their positions before an impartial judge and jury. How does one win in court? What goes into a strong legal argument? What are the rules and procedural context in which one attempts to secure a favorable verdict? Is it always logic that wins the day?

Review aspects of an effective legal argument, learning about the American legal system in the process and enriching your critical thinking, reading, and expression skills. Through individual and group work, analyze historical and fictional court cases and apply what you learn to constructing, presenting, and defending arguments.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week (1 hour class time, 3-4 hours independent work).
Summer Time Commitment: 12-15 hours per week (3 hours class time, 9-12 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Apply by August 30 to start:

Apply by August 30 to start:

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

Wednesdays
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9 weeks
7:00 p.m. (ET)
$1,300
Saturdays
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9 weeks
8:00 p.m. (ET)
$1,300

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level Not required CTY-Level
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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Book Title: Mock Trials: Preparing, Presenting, and Winning Your Case, 2nd Edition
Author: Steven Lubet and Jill R. Koster
ISBN: 978-1601563330

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

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