Eastern is building a curriculum of Law and Public Policy Electives to enrich our students’ understanding of these important fields. Our current offerings include:
Street Law/Mock Trial takes a rigorous approach to understanding the concepts of law and justice. Students participate in many activities outside the classroom that expose them to the multi-faceted legal profession. The course focuses on developing the writing and oratory skills necessary to produce clear, concise, and convincing legal arguments. Through the use of Common Core English Language Standards, the course also will help 10th graders prepare for the DC CAS and PSAT exam. A law student from Georgetown Law School will assist in teaching the curriculum.
Part of the course is Mock Trial where students are given a legal case to present and argue in court against other DC school’s Mock Trial teams. With the preparation and help of former students and the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern’s Mock Trial team members will compete in Boston this spring. We are proud of last year’s class, who was a finalist in the Georgetown Law Center’s tournament and won an award for from the DC Human Rights Council.
Introduction to Public Policy is an elective course designed to develop students understanding of the political process and to encourage active citizenship. Special attention will be paid to education reform in Washington, D.C.; globalization; economics and community service. By the end of the school year, students will create and present a digital story around an issue that they are passionate about in the community. This course will work in partnership with Youth Service America, Junior Achievement and the Design Institute of the Cooper Hewitt Museum. We will also host guest speakers from a variety of career fields in order to increase exposure to future opportunities.