Jefferson County High Schoolers Learn How Justice System Really Works


Dozens of high school students converged on the Jefferson County Courthouse to learn how the justice system really works.

Thanks to the Jefferson County Bar Association, students from Buckeye Local, Steubenville, and Jefferson County JVS learned what being involved in a trial is like with a hands-on approach.

It was all part of Law Day 2015 where students participated in a mock trial.

Students prepared for each case for months by learning the ins and outs of what goes on during a trial, as well as memorizing their lines for the case.

JVS Junior Jay Laucks says he became interested in law during freshman year.

“It shows you what happens if you go in law enforcement, or become a lawyer, or paralegal work, you’re going to end up in the courtroom,” Laucks said. “It gives you experience of how things actually go, the pace, tone and what attorneys are like so it’s an overall good experience.”

Students say some of the cases were based on actual cases that have occurred in Jefferson County.

Students were critiqued on their trial presentations by a panel of experts consisting of Judges and attorneys.

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