When the spring semester begins, UConn Law students will once again be at the front of local classrooms teaching high-schoolers from underserved communities about the law. This is the third year that UConn Law students are participating in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a prestigious national legal education program that allows law students to earn credit by teaching constitutional law and appellate advocacy to high school students.
UConn Law School has paired locally with Bulkeley High School in Hartford’s south end under the guidance of Justin Taylor, a 2009 graduate, high school teacher, and co-founder of the local chapter of the project. Law students work in two person teams to design and teach a course in constitutional law. They deliver lessons, write and grade assignments, and help students develop their capacity for critical thinking. In addition, they prepare the high school juniors and seniors for a moot court competition by teaching oral advocacy skills. Winners of the local competition, held at the Law School, have the opportunity to advance to a national competition.
Bulkeley students have also been invited to the Law School to serve as jurors during the annual Litigation Night mock trial demonstration. UConn Law is one of only 17 law schools nationwide participating in the Marshall-Brennan project.