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Youth Education Program (YEP)

The Youth Education Program (YEP) introduces high school students to the basics of law through weekly lessons and preparing students for a Mock Trial or Moot Court competition.

What we do: 

We teach Philadelphia high school students the basics of the rules of evidence, trial procedure, and basic Constitutional principles. We help students develop public speaking skills and build arguments so they can effectively perform in mock trial or moot court competitions.

How we do it: Penn Law students teach in various Philadelphia Public High Schools and prepare high school students to participate in either Mock Trial or Moot Court competitions. Following basic legal lessons, in the fall semester Penn Law volunteers educate all high school classes on a Constitutional amendment. In the spring, volunteers will prep their students on either (1) a fact pattern that focuses on a legal issue that highlights all of the learned principles for the Moot Court Competition or (2) the assigned case for the Mock Trial Competition. The program culminates with the students competing against their peers from all the participating high schools in either a Mock Trial or Moot Court Competition.

How and when can I join:

Complete an application in the Fall semester. If you have any questions, please email YEP’s Co-Directors, Emily Nowlan and Michael White.

What skills will I develop:

Appellate advocacy, trial strategy, trial prep, community engagement, classroom management, public speaking, presentation skills, education