After School Clubs

The law students/leaders involved were GREAT! They were really fun, yet informative to work with. – Grade 10 LAWS student

LAWS after-school clubs provide fun, engaging and meaningful opportunities for students to learn practical skills, bring classroom learning to life, and meet and work with law student and justice sector volunteers.

Different clubs run at different LAWS partner schools, depending on student interest and availability.  LAWS clubs include:

Mock Trial Clubs
In our mock trial clubs, under the mentorship of U of T and Osgoode law student volunteers, participating students engage in intensive simulations of trials that take them from crime scenes to courtrooms. Students play the roles of lawyers, court staff and witnesses, gaining a practical understanding of trial procedure, witness examination, oral submissions, and legal reasoning, while developing skills such as public speaking, oral advocacy, critical thinking, fact analysis, and team work. Alongside their law student coaches, students participate in sessions with practising defence lawyers and crown attorneys. Final mock trials, with students in full court wear, are judged by law school professors, lawyers and judges.

In past years, LAWS mock trial club students have also chosen to participate in both the Ontario Bar Association’s Law Day Secondary School Mock Trial Competition and the Ontario Justice Education Network’s Toronto Experiential Mock Trial Tournament.

Model United Nations & Model Parliament Clubs
U of T and Osgoode law student volunteers lead LAWS students through weekly meetings aimed at preparing students to represent their assigned countries at local Model UN conferences. Similarly, our Model Parliament Club teaches students protocols and methods of debate so that they can confidently participate in Ontario Model Parliament events.

Participating students deepen their understanding of the United Nations and of the democratic process.  They build skills, such as research, public speaking, oral advocacy, critical thinking, and team work. They also have the opportunity to to meet and correspond with diverse groups of students from other schools and locations at the events themselves.