The mock trial has proven to be an effective learning tool for students of all grade levels. It helps them understand the law, practice critical thinking, and gain greater confidence with public speaking by assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictional criminal or civil trial.
Participants experience first-hand the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant and what legal arguments are effective. Click here to see the video of 2014 Oregon Mock Trial Finals (the password is: mocktrial2014).
See below for more information about:
- High School Competition
- Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers
- Judging Mock Trial
- Metro Mini Mock Trial
- Mock Trial Resources
- DVDs For Sale
- Middle School Workshop
High School Competition
Each year, more than 70 teams, totaling some 1,200 students, compete at regional, state and national levels — with support from more than 500 attorneys, educators and other community representatives acting as coaches, judges and coordinators. Metro Mini Mock Trial (in Portland) will be December 12, 2014. Mock Trial regional competitions will be February 28, 2015. Mock Trial state competition will be March 13-14, 2015. Mock Trial National Finals will be in Raleigh, North Carolina this year, on May 14-16, 2015.
Click here to learn more about this enriching program.
Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers
Teachers of grades 3-12 will appreciate this fun and information-packed workshop. It kicks off with watching real middle schoolers put on a mock trial in a real courtroom in front of a real judge. Really.
Our 2014 Mock Trial Workshop was on June 20 and 21 in downtown Portland and at Oregon State Bar in Tigard. Stay tuned for announcements of our 2015 Mock Trial Workshop.
Mock trial is a proven strategy to teach several disciplines. In this case (Perez v. Dempsey) about a student athlete suffering from a concussion, students will learn about the justice system plus science and language arts. And it’s fun!
Our workshops typically include PDUs, continental breakfast & lunch.
Judging Mock Trial
Volunteer to Judge the Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition!
Join Classroom Law Project at a courthouse near you for regional competitions (Albany, Bend, Hillsboro, Medford, Portland, and Oregon City) or at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland for the state finals. See students make their case with passion and poise. Annually, more than 70 high school teams, totaling some 1,200 students, compete in mock trials at the regional, state and national levels.
This unforgettable experience for students depends on the participation of hundreds of attorneys, educators, and other community representatives who serve as judges at the competition. Each round is scored by a panel of three judges, two from the legal field and one educator or community representative. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting event, email our Program Manager Tyler Kaltenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Please contact us at (503) 224-4424.
The Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition is made possible thanks to generous support from the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Law Foundation, and the Circle Members of Classroom Law Project.
Metro Mini Mock Trial
The 2013 Mini Mock Trial Case was Walker v. Brewster, click the case to view it.
The 2014 Metro Mini Mock Trial will be on Friday, December 12. 30 teams of students from Portland area high schools will assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses to argue a criminal case before almost 70 attorneys, judges, educators and law students at the Multnomah County Courthouse.
This event is intended to give students new to the mock trial program an opportunity to gain experience, provide returning students a chance to try out new roles and skills, and allow Portland area high schools a chance to start a team. Participation is FREE, but registration is required.
Mock Trial Resources
2014 Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers (June 20 – 21)
Case Archive: For a list and access to previous mock trial cases, please click here.
Video of 2014 State Finals (the password is: mocktrial2014)
Find handouts from the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial Workshop led by Susie Marcus here.
Just interested in putting on a mock trial with your class or community group without the commitment of the competition? Check out the extensive mock trial collection available for download on our Resource page.