Mock Trial

Mock trials have 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. 

 High School Competition

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Village Home Education Resource Center Mock Trial Team – 2015 State Champions

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.

Registration for 2015-16 competition is now closed.

Competition dates:
March 4, 2017 – Regional Mock Trial Competitions, statewide

March 17-18, 2017 – State Mock Trial Competition (Portland)

For State Results, please visit our News Page.

May 11-13, 2017 – National Mock Trial Finals (Hartford, CT)

LAST YEAR’s CASE MATERIALS: State v. Dousa

 2016 Mini Mock Trial – December 9, 2016

Multnomah County Courthouse, Portland

This event gives students an opportunity to gain experience, try out new roles and skills, and encourages high schools to start a team.

2016 Mini Mock civil case | Pending – case will be available mid-October 2016

Mock Trial Resources

Case Archive: For a list and access to previous mock trial cases, please click here.

DVD's of Previous Mock Trial Cases

Video of 2016 State Finals (the password is:  Mocktrial2016)

Mock Trial Manual: For step by step instructions, lesson plans, and supplementary resources: Manual | Handouts | Appendix

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.

2016-2017 Mock Trial Discussion List (Listserv)

The email discussion list (aka “Listserv”) for mock trial competition questions and answers will be available in this space in January 2017.