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Western New England University School of Law

2018

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Mini-Law School: Civic Education Making A Difference In The Community, Pat Newcombe, Beth Cohen Jan 2018

Mini-Law School: Civic Education Making A Difference In The Community, Pat Newcombe, Beth Cohen

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Western New England’s Mini-Law School Program increases civic engagement and awareness and provides opportunities for law schools and educators to help non-lawyers better understand the legal system. This article will discuss the Mini-Law School Program, a creative and extremely successful five-week community outreach program focused on demystifying the law. Our society is in dire need of greater civic education. Public policy surveys consistently reveal disturbing statistics about the public’s lack of civic awareness (e.g., 15 percent of the public knew that John Roberts is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but 66 percent could name an American ...