JSerra’s Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program students traveled to Chapman Law School to participate in a mock trial. Chapman Law School generously donated the use of their mock trial courtroom at the university.
Several legal professionals volunteered their time to show the students what a real jury trial looked like from beginning to end. The volunteer participants included a retired superior court commissioner, a San Diego deputy district attorney, a San Diego alternate public defender, a superior court bailiff, an Anaheim police officer, and an Anaheim assistant city attorney. Lastly, our very own senior Monika Patel played the role of the defendant who allegedly stole a plush toy from Disneyland. Imagine, someone stealing from the Mouse.
JSerra law magnet students played the role of prospective jurors who heard the case. The trial included jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination for both the prosecution and defense cases, jury deliberations and the final verdict. Jury deliberations were quite spirited and could be heard through the jury deliberation room door.
This seminar is a prelude to the Spring semester mock trial competition the students will train for and participate in during April and May. During the Spring competition, law magnet prosecution and defense teams will go head to head against each other during their own mock trial. Instead of watching the key players conduct the trial, they will be playing the roles of the key players. There will be four trials with the students being able to play multiple roles. It promises to be challenging, interesting and great fun.
The JSerra Business Magnet program is half way through it’s inaugural year and has already opened an on-campus student run store, designed a spill-proof liquid container for the school, attended multiple seminars and conferences among many other great accomplishments.
The Business Magnet program had the honor of hearing speakers share their knowledge and experiences this year, but the program has also attended a seminar at University of California, Irvine last November hosted by Bixby Land Company President and Chief executive, Bill Halford.
UCI Paul Merage School Of Business was so impressed by the students at the seminar they have been invited to another seminar with speaker Jim McCluney, Chief Executive Officer Emulex corporation.
The Business Magnet Program students will be visiting Fullerton College March 3 to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America Southern Sectionals competition.
Many of the students are taking exams on business topics of their choice and many others will be doing co-op test where multiple students will work together on a range of topics.
Junior Max Palmer and senior Cody Dupuis will be competing in the Global Business group testing.
“We are excited to put the knowledge of ours together and the things we have learned in our intro to business course. We plan on making it to Nationals together and expect great success from our classmates as well,” said Palmer and Dupuis.