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John Jay Business Students Learn Law At 'The People's Court'

John Jay students took a picture with Marilyn Milian, the host of "The People's Court" television show.
John Jay students took a picture with Marilyn Milian, the host of "The People's Court" television show. Photo Credit:

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- John Jay High School business law students witnessed the legal process in a recent trip to Stamford.

Teacher Michael Cohen traveled with the students to a recent taping of "The People's Court,'' which is taped in Stamford.

All 25 students in last year’s class, ranging from grades 10 to 12, expressed a desire to attend and after several calls, they secured tickets to appear in the audience. “We were in the audience for seven cases, and I could see the students light up whenever they knew aspects of the law that were being applied,” Cohen said. “Upon our debrief, I learned many students reached the same decisions as the arbitrators.” Some episodes featuring John Jay students in the audience have aired on FOX, which televises the show. This year, Cohen is teaching an additional section of Business Law and hopes to repeat the trips to “The People’s Court.” “The plan is to go once in the fall as the students are learning the foundations of the law and we can reflect on the cases we saw as we learn throughout the semester,” Cohen said in a story on the Katonah-Lewisboro School District website . “In the spring, we will go again, apply the law, keep a record of how each student would arbitrate each case and compare it with the arbitrator of the show.”

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