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Experiential Learning Goes to Court

Monday, May 5, 2014

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Western New England School of Law held mock trials in April as part of their experiential learning curriculum. The mock trials give students the opportunity to bring together and practice all aspects of trial work that they have learned throughout the semester. These trials are held in the University’s courtroom near the end of the semester.

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During the semester, students in the Criminal Clinic also work as student assistant district attorneys within the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. During the course of the semester, a student attorney will appear in three different sessions of the District Court; the arraignment session, in which students represent the Commonwealth in bail hearings; the motion session, in which students prepare and litigate oppositions to motions to suppress and motions to dismiss; and the trial session, in which a student prepares and litigates jury and jury-waived trials. This clinic allows students to gain substantial exposure over the course of the semester to the entire process of litigating a criminal case.

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