Campus Winner
Month: April 2013


Educational Program of the Month
Supreme Court Trivia

School: The University of Texas at Dallas Region: SWACURH
Person in charge: Kyle Reynolds (John Marshall Pre-Law Society) Nominator: Yehia Chawky

Target Population: 50 Time Needed to Organize:
Number of People in Attendance: 60 Date(s) of Program: 04/03/2012
Number of People Needed to Organize: 10 Cost of Program: $125
On-Campus Population: 3100 Chapter Size: 31

Origin of Program:

Supreme Court Trivia originates from a long tradition among pre-law organizations on college campuses to gather faculty members and students in a fun, competitive, yet educational event.

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Please give a short description of the program:

Supreme Court Trivia is a yearly competition hosted by the John Marshall Pre-Law Society at UT Dallas. This year, about 15 volunteering students competed with each other as they were questioned by a panel of three political science/pre-law professors.

The game involved a multitude of questions about the Supreme Court, varying from famous justices, to important judicial decisions, or even political facts. Every player was allowed three strikes before they were eliminated. However they were also allowed to use one of three helpers at a time, including asking the audience, changing the question or eliminating 2 choices out of 4.

Between the fierce competition, the peculiar questions asked by the judges, and the audience's enthusiastic participation, the program turned out to be an amazing experience for everyone involved.

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Goals of the program:

Supreme Court Trivia mixes both education and fun through its competitive nature. It allows members of the pre-law society as well as the general student body to get together, enjoy some free food , and compete over what they love and do best. It also gives students an opportunity to meet their professors out of the classroom in a more informal setting and further discuss the law and its history.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

Through the program, students not only learn a lot about Supreme Court history, but also get to see a different side of the material they usually cover in class. As the judges ask questions over a wide variety of topics, both the competitors and the audience get to share their knowledge and benefit from each other's input. It is overall a very enriching and amusing experience.

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Short evaluation of the program:

The 2013 Supreme Court Trivia was a great success. It had great attendance and participation and allowed the John Marshall Pre-Law Society to reach out to even more students and faculty members. The program has also encouraged more students to actually join the Pre-Law Society and participate in its future events and competitions. Finally, this program is very cost-effective and is moderately easy to set up and prepare.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program can be very easily adapted to other campuses. All it requires is an invitation to be sent out to several faculty members, and enough marketing to be done to the students through classroom announcements, flyers, and social media. With adequate space, enough participation, and -of course- some free food, Supreme Court Trivia is good to go!

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Date of entry into database: 2013-05-03 14:21:00