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You(th) Decide

You(th) Decide is a forum for high school students in Chicago and the Metropolitan area to explore and deliberate on a pending case before the Supreme Court of the United States. Held during the Spring semester, You(th) Decide is facilitated by Constitutional Democracy Project staff and the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS), You(th) Decide asks students to study a pending case before the Court and to convene for a day of deliberation with peers, law students, and law professors.

  • You(th) Decide is an opportunity for students from across the region to exchange ideas and discover common ground. 
  • You(th) Decide is open to students enrolled in high school social studies classes in Chicago and the Metropolitan area.
  • You(th) Decide provides students with an opportunity to interact and discuss issues before the court with law students, law professors, and other legal experts.

Student Participants

You(th) Decide is open to students in enrolled in high school social studies classes in Chicago and the Metropolitan area.

Teachers can select and register up to six students. Each school will select which students attend according to its own criteria.  If there is space available, additional students can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Each school will pay a registration fee. Teachers can choose to have their school invoiced at the time of registration or pay via an on-line portal.


Students: study the pending case with materials developed the Constitutional Democracy Project and ISCOTUS; post an on-line response to a selected portion of the oral argument or a selected question provided in advance; and attend the culminating forum at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. No student can participate in the forum without posting a response in advance.

Teachers: register up to six students; support their preparation for the program; and facilitate their participation in the forum. Teachers may (but are not required) to use case materials with their classes. You(th) Decide is a student program, but teachers but may accompany their students as observers.


Interested in participating in You(th) Decide? Contact Dee Runaas.

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