Bulkeley High School Travel to University of Connecticut School of Law to Compete against Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy in Intradistrict Moot Court Competition
Last month, students from a Contemporary Law course at Bulkeley High School traveled to the University of Connecticut School of Law to compete against students from Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy in an intradistrict moot court competition. The competition was part of a partnership between Hartford Public Schools and UConn Law School that allows law students to teach constitutional law and appellate advocacy in high school classrooms. The students, who argued their case in front of a panel of law professors, spent four weeks learning important areas of constitutional law through case law (including the freedom of speech and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment, as well as the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment). Working alongside law students, they then learned how to apply those holdings to the facts of their own case, and also worked to develop the skills of effective oral advocates. In addition to the competition, students enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the law school, as well as a tour of the school’s campus and an opportunity to meet other law students. Special thanks to Veronica Lee and Bridget Allison at the Law and Government Academy for supporting this initiative, as well as the University of Connecticut School of Law for believing in this project.
*Students from both Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy and Bulkeley High School are joined by law students and law professors in one of the law school’s moot courtrooms after finishing their moot court argument.