Prove It!
Introduction to Evidence for High School Students

Also Available: Introduction to Law, Introduction to Torts

Available to high school age students, Prove It! Introduction to Evidence is an interactive study of the rules that govern the types of information that can be used in court. To be admissible in court, information - evidence - must logicaly prove or disprove a matter in issue and must comply with a wide range of restrictions based on reliability concerns and public policy. This course fosters logical thinking and analysis. No prior legal knowledge is necessary.

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Program Highlights:

  • Relevance: When does a given piece of information logically prove or disprove something - and how do we know that it does?
  • Authentication: How does a lawyer show that a document, object or email is the one that the witness says it is?
  • Constraints: When is relevant evidence not permitted because it may be unduly prejudicial or violate public policy?
  • Hearsay: When is an out-of-court statement usable in court for its truth?
  • Best Evidence: When proving a document, when must the lawyer use the original and what alternatives can be used when the original isn't available?
  • Procedure: When and how can a lawyer object and how does the opposing lawyer respond? What is direct and cross examination?
  • Addresses many Virginia S.O.L. requirements for U.S. Government

Methodology: This program consists primarily of discussion between the professor and the students using an entertaining and non-threatening version of Socratic dialog, often based on real world cases. After the first day's class, "homework" will consist of a short written analysis of one evidentiary situation. Students who complete the program with satisfactory homework completion will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who is Eligible to Attend?: This program is designed for bright, inquisitive, and disciplined students in the age range customarily found in the 9th through 12th grades. Students outside that age range may attend at the discretion of the professor. The class will consist of no more than 25 students.


William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA

Dates and Times:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 13, 2017: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


$190.00 per student (a small number of scholarships may be available)


Fred Lederer, Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology, William and Mary Law School

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