Criminal Law & Investigations Workshop

Criminal Law & Investigations Workshop

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Criminal Law and Investigation Workshop 
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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 in the American criminal justice system. The program's goal 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, seminars, real-world testimonials of working professionals, and hands-on activities in the form of a moot court competition to expose students to criminal justice's historical and contemporary workings system. The five-week program runs in two sessions: 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 forensic science in solving crime and in the criminal justice system. Led by seasoned crime scene investigators, students interested in the forensic sciences' careers 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 criminal justice practice issues. Students also benefit from criminal justice professionals' real-world experiences 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 teach the criminal trial procedure's rudiments. Students play various case scenarios, including jury, witnesses, bailiff, defense counsel, prosecutor, and defendant.