Psychology, Department of


Date of this Version

January 2002


Published in Teaching of Psychology Vol. 29, No. 1, 2002. Copyright 2002. Used by permission.


We discuss the use of a mock trial of the controversial Jack Kevorkian euthanasia case in an undergraduate psychology and law course. We provide an overview of the project, student feedback, and recommendations for improving the exercise. Based on feedback from students, we conclude that constructing a trial around a controversial topic with psychosocial issues as the foundation of a course can increase the utility of a mock trial and make the course a better learning experience.