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Future Advocates in Training

Future Advocates in Training (FAIT) was developed in April 2008 as a volunteer outreach program that seeks, through the development of mock trial teams, to 1) improve high school students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills; and 2) increase law student participation in surrounding communities through the mentorship of youth.

During mock trial, high school students form teams comprised of attorneys and witnesses to compete in tournaments against other high schools. Students must know both sides of the case; in one round they must represent the plaintiff/prosecution and in the next round they represent the defense. Mock trial helps students gain a basic understanding of the legal mechanism through which society chooses to resolve many of its disputes. Not only does it provide a forum for students to develop, hone, and perfect original, complex legal arguments and trial materials, but it is a format which lends itself to one-on-one coaching.