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Lauren Grohowski ’19 Gets a Taste of Life as a Lawyer at Stanford

September 6, 2017
by Lauren Grohowski '19

Lauren Grohowski ’19 spent an intense ten days on the Stanford Law School campus this summer, taking part in a mock trial program that attracted about 230 high school juniors and seniors from all over the country.

During the course of the program, participating students learned all about civil litigation – lawsuits between two parties – and got a taste of what life is like for an attorney. 

“The days were definitely long.  We would get up at 6 a.m. to meet before breakfast, and continue to work late into the night building our arguments.  But it was an amazing experience to be in an actual courtroom, arguing passionately for your client.  It was intense, but it was also a lot of fun.”

The program culminated in fifteen mock trials held in the courtrooms of the San Francisco Superior Court.  In each trial, eight students were lawyers, four for the plaintiff and four for the defense.  The rest of the students were witnesses.  The trial was judged by the camp counselors, who were college students who had taken part in the national collegiate mock trial competition. 

Lauren was an attorney for the plaintiff and got to directly examine a witness, cross-examine a defense witness, and make the closing argument.  Not only did they win the case, but Lauren was also awarded the “best attorney” in her trial by the judge. 

This program at Stanford confirmed Lauren’s passion for the law, and she is convinced that the profession of civil litigator is for her.