The Department of Legal Studies will host a real court session open to UCF students and other members of the campus community on April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Cape Florida Ballroom (Room 316) in the Student Union.

For the second year in a row, three judges from Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal will preside over the session in a make-shift “courtroom.” The chief judge will be the Honorable C. Alan Lawson, accompanied by the Honorable Wendy W. Berger and the Honorable James A. Edwards.

The panel of judges will listen to oral arguments made by real attorneys on real cases. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Q & A session with the court.

The inaugural event was a big success in 2015. According to event organizer Margarita Koblasz, an associate lecturer in the Department of Legal Studies, a crowd of more than 250 attended, and the judges had only positive things to say afterwards. Plans are for UCF to continue to host this event annually.

For more information, contact Katie Connolly at