First on FiOS1 News: New Rochelle HS students experience the court of law under unique program

VALHALLA — New Rochelle High School students got a first-hand chance on Tuesday to experience what it’s really like to be an attorney.

Attorneys at Verizon are leading three street law programs for a business law class at the school. The students who participated are earning high school and college credits at the same time.

“Making an argument, defending their position and that is something that people will need to do in many, many facets of their life,” said Associate General Counsel of Verizon Communications John Cuddy.

“This is what learning is all about today in the 21st Century,” said New Rochelle High School college business law teacher Gary Weed. “This is breaking down the classroom walls.”

The class is one of 13 sites where Verizon is hosting these types of lessons, with others in New York City and Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

The students debated over the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unlawful searches and seizures.

“Opportunities like these are pretty rare and I thought at least before going to college I should have some idea of what I want to pursue,” said senior Wilyanet Contreraz.

It’s possible one of these students in the room is the next big attorney, thanks to the inspiration of the lawyers at Verizon.

“I gained some real-world experience and seeing what it’s like to work for one of these big firms, definitely, definitely good,” said junior Eli Coleman.

Students also took part in contract negotiations and the legality of deceptive advertisements.

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