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Trial of the Century is an enhanced version of the traditional "mock trial" or "moot court." It came about as the natural culmination of a cooperative teaching experience between the social studies and science departments.
For a few years Mr. Jardines and Mr. Cohen had their separate courses work together to solve a mock crime scene. The criminalistics course students were to act as the police and crime scene investigators, while the forensic science course students were to operate as the medical examiners and crime lab. A natural extension of this collaboration was to attempt to bring some reality and closure into the project. It was decided that we would bring the case to trial.
Using Prep's vast alumni resources we were able to arrange for a real judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys to coach our students through an actual trial. A jury consisting of teachers and students helped to round out the experience.