Dear Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Teachers

Are your students curious about law and the legal system? Do they wonder what lawyers and judges do in a courtroom? Would a field trip to the courthouse to see lawyers and judges resolving legal issues add something special to your students’ experience and your course curriculum?

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then here is your chance to provide your students with an opportunity they will never forget. Attend the BASF’s Day in Court Program. With cooperation from the San Francisco Superior Court, this exciting program takes school children from their classrooms to the courtrooms, to witness first-hand what it means to see a civil trial.

Students will have the opportunity to sit in several different courtrooms and observe lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants, and judges during real trials. Students will receive a rare glimpse into the real world of law, to see lawyers present their cases, to watch judges and juries decide the issues, and to observe the legal system in its actual day-to-day operation.

How does the Day in Court Program work?
9:30 – Students should arrive at the court house and pass through the security check. Then they proceed to the assigned court room. Note: It is important not to arrive until 9:30 a.m. to allow the jurors and court personnel to enter before the students.

9:30 - 10-15 – Students will meet in a vacant courtroom for an introduction. The students will organize into groups of 8 with a chaperone.

10:20 –  The groups will observe civil court proceedings, changing rooms every 15 - 20 minutes, according to a schedule provided.

11:30 – Noon  Students will meet with a Judge in a courtroom to get answers to their questions.

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