Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This class and this teacher combined make for a great year. You, in general, won't have too much homework day for day if you work hard in class. Mrs. Nolasco does her best to create a positive learning environment for her students, and she genuinely cares about each of us. She has really cool projects that allow us to learn a lot while also getting hands-on experience. She also allows us to have a good amount of independence that wouldn't be manageable by any other teacher. I appreciated the way that she handled situations. She was very professional in every respect. This is one of the most valuable courses I've ever taken, and don't be pulled away from it because law is intimidating. Mrs. Nolasco does use the book a good amount of the time, but she makes it easy to understand.
The best memories I have of this class are the mock trials. I didn't truly appreciate what we were learning in class until we got to the mock trial, and we had to do everything in our power to defend our side. Four cases are run, but you'll only participate in two of them, one for each semester. They were murder (twice), custody, and burglary. By the time you participate in the trial, you have general knowledge of crimes and the punishments for them, but you get thrown into your group with a little bit of nudging from Mrs. Nolasco as you go. You have a lot of independence and ability to do your own thing. You actually learn about working in a group, and Mrs. Nolasco does her best to pair you with people you like and/or will work well with. You also learn about the justice system and how hard it is to pull someone to your side.
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Advice for students:
1) Don't slack off. Do your work. The only way that your team will win the mock trial is if you all work together. 2) Respect Mrs. Nolasco. She's a great lady. She'll support you, and she'll respect you if you respect her. Communicate with her and she'll make sure that you won't fall behind. 3) Be there. You have lots of time in class to get your stuff together. Utilize it.