Classical Conversations, a homeschool organization, uses mock trial competitions to teach skills in research, grammar, writing, rhetoric, public speaking, debate, and drama. Students from Leon and Wakulla counties recently participated in a mock criminal trial at Florida State University’s College of Law Advocacy Center courtrooms charging a real estate developer with reckless homicide in the deaths of two people at a construction site following the collapse of a construction crane during a storm.

Twenty some 12- and 13-year-old students from Leon and Wakulla counties recently found themselves in court, and their parents and teachers couldn’t have been happier.

No, they weren’t on trial for truancy or unruly behavior; in fact, many of them served as attorneys and law enforcement officers. Classical Conversations’ Challenge B classes throughout the city and across the country held mock trials during April.