Criminal Law & Investigations Workshop

Criminal Law & Investigations Workshop

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Criminal Law and Investigation Workshop

Open to 10th, 11th, and 12th GRADERS
Criminal Law and Investigations Workshop-Saturdays 10:00 AM- 3:30 PM
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice College Now Program’s Criminal Law and Investigations Workshop (CLIW) is designed to increase student awareness of the various occupational roles played in the American criminal justice system. The goal of the program is to help students identify potential career options through exposure to specific criminal justice occupations. By participating in the program, students will gain an increased understanding of the American criminal justice system; critically examine contemporary issues of criminal justice practice; and, gain insight into the array of career opportunities in the criminal justice field.

The CLIW will be housed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for 20 to 25 NYC public high school students. The workshop will use a combination of classroom instruction, seminar, real-world testimonials of working professionals, and hands-on activities in the form of a moot court competition to expose students to the historical and contemporary workings of the criminal justice system. The five-week program runs in two sessions: Session I will run on Saturday, March 7, 2020, to Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Session II will run on Saturday, May 2, 2020, to Saturday, June 6, 2020 Enrollment is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade NYC public high school students. 

The five-week program will include the following activities: 

  • The Real CSI – the Crime Scene Investigations Unit will introduce to the role of forensic science in solving the crime and in the criminal justice system. Led by seasoned crime scene investigators, students interested in careers in the forensic sciences will learn how biology and chemistry play a critical role in the criminal investigation process. Topics include ballistics, fingerprinting, and the analysis of blood, hair, and fiber. 
  • Law-In-Focus Seminar: Seminar sessions will allow students to engage in an informed and critical discussion of contemporary issues in criminal justice practice. Students also benefit from the real-world experiences of criminal justice professionals from federal and local law enforcement agencies and the courts. Seminar topics will include:
    • Crime Scene Investigations
    • Stop and Frisk
    • The 4th Amendment
    • Crime Scene Investigations
    • The Rights of the Accused Defense Function
    • The Prosecutorial Function
    • Federal Law enforcement
    • Corrections 
  •  Mock Trial: Mock trial sessions will work through several criminal trial scenarios. The programs are designed to be fun and engaging and to teach the rudiments of the criminal trial procedure. Students play various case scenarios, including jury, witnesses, bailiff, defense counsel, prosecutor, and defendant.