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About the Project

The James Wilson Project (“JWP”) partners with under-resourced Philadelphia high schools to bring Penn Law students into the classroom to teach students about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution. Additionally, JWP holds a Moot Court Tournament each spring. Students from our partner schools come to Penn Law for a day-long competition in which they argue before Penn Law students, faculty and sometimes even local lawyers and judges.

JWP provides two volunteer opportunities for Penn Law students: Teaching Fellows and Coaching Fellows.

JWP Teaching Fellows teach once-per-week during both the fall and spring semesters. Lessons center on the Constitutional Amendments and attempt to connect broad Constitutional issues with the students lives and experiences. Our Teaching Fellows also lead activities that develop students critical thinking, reading, writing and argumentation skills.

JWP Coaching Fellows work primarily with students who have volunteered to participate in the James Wilson Moot Court Tournament. The Coaches help students work through a fact set, read and analyze statutes and case law, develop arguments and prepare for an oral argument.

JWP volunteers spend significant time working with and getting to know their students. This leads not only to our volunteers becoming mentors for the students they serve but also to our volunteers learning a great deal about themselves. Utimately, JWP strives to connect Penn Law students with the local community and inspire underserved high school students to feel passionate about learning, the law and the Constitution.