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Law School hosts events for children and teens as part of Explore UT, Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Honorable Edward Prado, '72, and costumed Law School students with schoolchildren who watched a mock trial of "Gold E. Locks" during last year's Explore UT.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the University of Texas at Austin will host “the biggest open house in Texas”—Explore UT. This annual event is a hands-on introduction to the University to schoolchildren from kindergarten through high school through a variety of events, performances, lectures, exhibits, and other activities.

“Explore UT is a special occasion,” said University of Texas President Bill Powers. “We’re proud to welcome everyone to this day of adventure.”

As in past years, the School of Law will host several events:

11:00 a.m.–11:40 a.m.

So You Want to Go to Law School 

Get an overview of the application process and requirements for law school admission. Learn about steps to take early in an academic career to better prepare for law school consideration.  TNH 2.137

Noon – 12:40 p.m.

Treasure Hunt: Learn about Latinos and the Law!    

UT Law Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association members will lead students in a treasure hunt in the law school. We will have clues to find treasures that include information about Latinos and their role in the law. There will be a pinata at the end! Susman Godfrey Atrium

I Can Do That? What the Supreme Court Says About Student Rights in School

Why is a dress code allowed under our right to freedom of expression in the Constitution? Come see what you can and can’t do, wear and say in school. You may be surprised.  TNH 2.137

1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Animals in Need

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will showcase animals in need and introduce members of the public to ways they can become involved in animal advocacy.  Come say hi to our four legged friends!      

Townes Hall South Lawn (Susman Godfrey Atrium in case of rain)

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Gold E. Locks Mock Trial

Law students perform in a mock trial with Gold E. Locks, a well-known storybook figure, as the defendant. The Honorable Edward C. Prado, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will preside. Children in the courtroom will be selected to  serve as the jurors.  CCJ Eidman Courtroom

Legal Piracy Treasure Hunt: Learn about Latinos and the Law!

UT Law Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association members will lead students to explore the law school. We will have clues to find treasures that include information about Latinos and their role in the law. There will be a pinata at the end! Susman Godfrey Atrium

Animal Law 101

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will present and discuss legal strategies to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals.  Shelter animals will be on hand!  TNH 2.137

Ice Cream Break

Free Amy’s Ice Cream served to visitors. Come over for a cool, creamy break and view the Jamail Pavilion and the Scales of Justice.  CCJ Jamail Pavilion

3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Animals in Need

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will showcase animals in need and introduce members of the public to ways they can become involved in animal advocacy.  Come say hi to our four legged friends!      

TNH South Lawn (Susman Godfrey Atrium in case of rain)

Gold E. Locks Mock Trial

Law students perform in a mock trial with Gold E. Locks, a well-known storybook figure, as the defendant. The Honorable Edward C. Prado, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will preside. Children in the courtroom will be selected to serve as the jurors.  CCJ Eidman Courtroom

A complete schedule of Explore UT events is available on the University of Texas at Austin’s Explore UT website. Detailed maps of the law buildings—Jones Hall, Townes Hall, and the John B. Connally Center for Justice—can be found on the Maps and Directions pages on the Law School’s website.

Contact: Brandi Weaver, School of Law Student Affairs Office, 512-232-1145 or bweaver@law.utexas.edu

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