Students from Gerald R. Ford Academic Center got a close-up look at criminal law, courtesy of the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
Eighth-graders took part in a mock murder trial at the law school’s Grand Rapids campus, following eight weeks of preparation by students from the WMU-Cooley Child Law Society.
Ford students learned trial strategies, teamwork, leadership skills, public speaking and writing. Attorney Michael David Adams and law school professor Chris Hastings served as judges at the mock trial.
“We are excited to have had the opportunity to work with the local school system and to provide time and instruction to the students,” said Demar Sheffey, Child Law Society president. “They worked hard and were well prepared for the mock trial.”