Law Students, Practitioners and Judges Help Facilitate National Mock Trial Competition for Undergraduate Students

February 4, 2016

Touro Law students are working together with members of the bar, bench and academy to share their knowledge and passion for the law with undergraduate students, many of whom are interested in pursuing a career in the legal professional. 

The undergraduate mock trial tournament being held this weekend, is part of the American Mock TrialAssociation’s annual National Champions series and features teams from the Northeast region of the country. Undergraduate students play the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a criminal case involving an alleged bribe and political payoff to secure favorable treatment for a casino proposal in the fictitious state of Midlands. The competition will be held at the Cohalan Courthouse and the final awards session will be held at Touro Law Center on Sunday, February 7 at approximately 5:00 pm. More than 300 students from the Northeast, as well as sitting judges and practicing attorneys are expected to attend the competition.

Myra Berman, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at Touro Law stated, “We are glad to help facilitate this competition and introduce college students to experiential legal learning. By exposing these students to the types of advocacy that lawyers engage in on a daily basis, we are providing them with a genuine experience of the practice of law. We are thrilled to share our knowledge and passion for the law with eager undergraduate students, many of whom are considering this path for their future.”

If you are able to participate as a volunteer for judging the competition, please sign up at http://goo.gl/forms/YFxsSXkdnu.

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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art law school is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 650 and an alumni base of more than 6,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

Touro Law’s newly implemented Portals to Practice is a cutting-edge, experiential learning program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation. 

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/

For more info contact:
Patti Desrochers
Director of Communications
pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

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