Upward Bound at Boston University

BU Law Students Prep Upward Bound High School Students for Summer Mock Trial

A high school student brings a civil suit against his local police department for battery and false arrest after being accused of trespassing.

This isn’t a lawsuit pending in Boston, New York or Chicago, but rather a case that will be tried at the BU School of Law at 7 p.m. on July 24, 2012, by Boston University’s Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) students. These programs—which include six-week summer sessions and afterschool courses through participants’ graduation from high school—give first-generation and low-income college-bound Boston and Chelsea public high school students access to academic instruction, social enrichment and personal support through university-sponsored experiences like the mock trial.

BU Upward Bound mock trial

Twelve students in the program will take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses in the mock trial, and will summon other BU students and staff to serve as jurors. Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore will preside over the hearing as judge.

BU Law students Peter Alvarez (‘14) and Brendan Jarboe (’14) served as mentors for the students, helping them learn about legal concepts, practice roles and create persuasive arguments in preparation for the trial.

Reggie Jean, project manager for the UB program, said “The trial gives a chance for high school students, some of which do not have a mock trial program in their schools, a chance to learn about Law, work in a team, and perform in front of others. Peter and Brendan have been integral to the students' preparing for a case in a short window of time.”

Read more about Boston University's Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science.

Reported by Chelsea Sheasley


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