Mock Trial arrives at College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

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Alison Brodie

abrodie@radford.edu

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at RU is making a lot of headway this year with awards and a new “mock trial” class for spring semester.
The speed networking (a play-off of speed dating)  event held for psychology majors on Heth Lawn last month had students hopping from seat to seat with only five minutes to impress Radford alumni in fast interview-like sessions. Dean Kate Hawkins came up with the idea and hosted the innovative interview system that allowed students to gain the skill of promoting themselves to professionals and have the opportunity to mingle with the alumni afterwards, as well as possibly hear feedback.
The “mock trial” course will be offered in the Spring for criminal justice majors and other CHBS students. The class is intended for students pursuing a career in law, but is open to any juniors and seniors interested. The class will be held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with attorney Adam Devries as the instructor. According to Margaret Hrezo, Chairperson of the Department of Political Science, the class will have students acting as witnesses and attorneys while learning the trial process, doing research for cases and practicing arguing motions and trials. Alumnus and Attorney Chris Huthers and the Mock Trial Advisory Committee believes the class will help students “explore whether law is a career in which they are interested, strengthen their critical reading and writing skills, develop their oral communication skills, provide them with a deeper understanding of how the judicial system operates, and start them on the road to understanding the demands of legal research.” This course will only be offered during the spring semester for the next five years.
CBHS advisors are encouraging students to sign up early in efforts to guarantee their students in those departments a spot in these classes. Many classes are beginning to fill up already for spring 2013 due the interest from so many students. This will give students the opportunity to see if this career is what they want to pursue after graduatio