Liberty University School of Law and Liberty Counsel are honored to host the 2008 TeenPact Judicial ("TPJ") program this week. TeenPact is an organization that allows students to learn the principles of law from those who know them best – practitioners and professors of law. This is the eleventh year TPJ has presented its judicial program at a national law school. This is the first time Liberty University School of Law and Liberty Counsel have hosted this program.
David Barber, Program Director for TeenPact, describes the week-long conference as "a hands-on, on-site program that teaches high-school students about law and the judicial system from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Throughout the week students participate in presentations from expert professors at Liberty University School of Law and some of the nation’s most experienced religious liberty attorneys from Liberty Counsel as they prepare oral arguments for a moot court tournament at the end of the week."
The week long program includes lectures on a broad range of legal subjects. Topics include foundations of law, property, contracts, civil procedure, family law, legal writing and oral advocacy, and the court system. Many of the topics presented not only provide the students a good introduction to these areas of law, but many of these topics are core legal topics tested on many state bar exams.
The second half of the week is dedicated to the TPJ Moot Court tournament. In TPJ Moot Court, students argue a case before a variety of judges and apply what they have learned during the week.
Barber explains that "the goal of the program is to inspire the next generation of Christian leaders to be passionate about their faith and give them the tools they need to proactively engage the culture for the glory of Jesus Christ."
My passion is to train a new generation of leaders in the rule of law from a Christian perspective to use law as a fulcrum to do good. I cannot muster enough superlative words to describe the TeenPact Judicial program. These young students are energetic, bright, and eager to become world leaders. In a few short years, they will begin shaping world history.