Pursuing Constitutional Literacy
The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a program that places students in high school classrooms to teach Constitutional Law. The law students selected to be Marshall-Brennan Fellows enroll in a 3-credit course under the direction of Professor and Associate Dean Mary Pat Byrn. The Marshall-Brennan course includes a weekly seminar that meets once a week for two hours at William Mitchell and a placement in a local high school to teach Constitutional Law to 11th and 12th graders.
The seminar at Mitchell
During the seminar, Fellows will learn about the Constitutional Law cases they will be teaching in the high schools and will develop teaching strategies and lesson plans to use while teaching. Fellows will be placed in local high schools in pairs to teach Constitutional Law. and will be expected to conduct the class, plan the lessons, and grade the assignments. Fellows will teach in the high schools for approximately nine weeks.
Teaching in high schools
During the teaching portion of the Marshall-Brennan Project, the Fellows will be expected to be in the high schools to teach during the regularly scheduled government class. As such, Fellows will be in the high schools four to five days a week, depending on the individual high school’s schedule.