You Be the Judge (Simulation)

Lesson Plan

What does a Supreme Court justice really do? What better way to find out than by trying it yourself! In this judicial conference simulation, students learn the path of a Supreme Court case from writ of certiorari to majority opinion and what justices do along the way. Finally, students work together navigating precedent and the facts of a case to arrive at a final court opinion.

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  • Identify and describe the steps the Supreme Court takes in deciding a case
  • Explain how constitutional provisions, laws, precedents, and attorneys’ briefs inform a Supreme Court decision
  • Apply the Supreme Court decision-making process to a set of facts in a simulated Supreme Court conference