On March 30, 2012, almost 60 sixth-grade students from A.N. Pritzker Elementary School visited the College of Law to experience a day in the life of a law student. The field trip was the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative’s March Donate-A-Day service event. The Pritzker students were greeted by a group of 20 law students, as well as Dean Gregory Mark and Dean Francine Soliunas. The Pritzker students talked with Dean Mark and Dean Soliunas about lawyers and law school.
(Pictured: Dean Howard Rubin) During their visit, the students received a tour of the school, attended a mock class, and participated in a mock trial. On their tour, which was led by DePaul law students, the Pritzker students visited all of the important areas in College of Law, such as the student lounge and the library. Professor Len Cavise and Dean Howard Rubin taught the mock classes and had the students engaged and excited about criminal law topics. During the mock trial, the students learned about the varying aspects of a trial, such as opening statements and cross-examinations. Law students put on the mock trial, and the Pritzker kids were allowed to sit in the mock trial room and act as the jury for a shoplifting case.
The students at Pritzker are always highly engaged and interested in learning and exploring, and the group clearly included some future lawyers! It was a great day for law students and faculty to share why they chose the legal profession and share their love of the law with the next generation.
For more information about the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative and its work with Pritzker Elementary School, please contact Cheryl Price, Director of PBCSI, at email@example.com.