Mock Trial Teaches Berkeley College Legal Studies Students About Real-Life Court Proceedings

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122



Berkeley College


Photo CaptionBerkeley College students in the Torts class of the Legal Studies program participated in a mock trial to learn more about real-life court proceedings.  Pictured with Debra Stephans, JD, Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies (fourth from right), are Berkeley College students (left to right) Ganesh Kesso of Passaic, NJ; Stasia Lopez of Paterson, NJ; Jonny Soliman of Clifton, NJ; Aliaa Metawee of Fairview, NJ; Melissa Gonzalez of Secaucus, NJ; Stephanie Titus of Dumont, NJ; Miguel Montesino of Lodi, NJ; Dolores Williams of Oaklyn, NJ; Shrazad Ahmadsaleh of Yonkers, NY; and Lisette Santana of the Bronx, NY.  The mock trial was held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park.




Berkeley College students enrolled in the Legal Studies program learned some valuable lessons in justice by participating in a mock trial in their Torts class last semester.  The mock trial, which was held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, was presided over by Debra Stephans, JD, Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, who served as the judge.     


The mock trial encouraged the students class to think about law and justice, as they consider careers in legal studies, law enforcement and the courts. Students played the roles on the prosecution and defense teams.  They prepared opening statements, direct and cross examinations of their witnesses, and closing statements.  They also raised objections during the trial.  All said they gained invaluable experience in learning how to conduct a trial from beginning to end.


“Mock trials are often used by attorneys in preparation for a real trial,” Professor Stephans said.  “They use volunteers as role players to test theories or experiment with each other.  Our class was modeled after a real case where the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against an officer and the police department, alleging they caused him to sustain injuries through a false arrest, battery and intentional inflection of emotional distress.”     


“The mock trial was a very rewarding experience,” said Stephanie Titus of Dumont, NJ, a Berkeley College student.  “Not only did I learn a lot from the actual project, but also from working with my peers.”   


A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


- end –


To view this release on the News Room, visit:


To view a high-resolution version of this photo, visit:




Recent Releases

Aug 22, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Berkeley College Announces September Events

Events will be held at Berkeley College campuses in September.
Aug 20, 2019 11:35:00 AM

Rockwall Graduate Receives Diploma from Berkeley College

Berkeley College recognized a graduate from Rockwall.
Aug 20, 2019 11:18:00 AM

Mineral Graduate Receives Diploma from Berkeley College

Berkeley College recognized a graduate from Mineral.