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.
See below for more information about:
- June 19-20 Mock Trial Workshop
- High School Competition
- Mock Trial Regional Coordinators
- March 17-18 Middle School Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers
- Judging Mock Trial
- Mini Mock Trial
- Mock Trial Resources
- DVDs For Sale
- Middle School Workshop
Friday, June 19: noon-4:00pm and Saturday, June 20: 9:00am-4:00pm
Elementary through high school teachers will benefit from this fun and information-packed workshop. It kicks off with watching students put on a mock trial in a real courtroom in front of a real judge. Really. Afterward we will meet with the judge to discuss the trial we saw and mock trials generally. The judge will also offer a Court System 101 review to help us all get on the same page. Court will then adjourn.
Saturday morning we will reconvene at the gorgeous campus of Lewis & Clark Law School. Its lush, green setting in southwest Portland’s Tryon Creek State Park underscores that it is, in fact, summer. Veteran teachers will offer tried and true strategies for different grade levels. Grade level breakouts will allow teachers to focus on individual needs.
Cost: $50 non-refundable reservation fee
Included: Lunch Friday & Saturday, continental breakfast Saturday, PDUs, all materials, engaging and fun strategies & content!
March 17-18, 2015 Middle School Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers
4:00-6:00PM, West Sylvan Middle School
Each year, Classroom Law Project presents a Mock Trial Workshop for Middle School teachers – in 2015 it was on March 17 and March 18 at West Sylvan Middle School. In two afternoons we covered everything educators need to know about how to incorporate Mock Trial into your curriculum and how to implement this program in your classroom.
CLP staff and our resident expert, Susie Marcus, help break down each year’s high school mock trial case for middle school minds. The 2015 case is a civil rights case involving a police officer’s use of alleged excessive force on a suspect. Talk about timely! It is fun, and this workshop is free!
February 28, 2015 – Regional Mock Trial Competitions, statewide
March 13-14, 2015 – State Mock Trial Competition, Portland, Oregon
May 14-16, 2015 – National Mock Trial Finals, Raleigh, North Carolina.
RESULTS FROM 2015 STATE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
1st Place: Village Home Education Resource Center
2nd Place: West Linn
3rd Place: Riverdale
4th Place: Jesuit
CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the teams who competed this weekend! Some of you came a long distance to be part of this event. All of you worked very hard to get to this point. Click here to see photos from the reception and final round: Password: ClassLaw
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.
Volunteer to Judge the Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition! We rely on hundreds of attorneys, judges, professors, educators and community leaders to judge our mock trial teams. This event would not be possible without your help! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEER JUDGES THIS YEAR!
Our 2015 competition is over, but you can join Classroom Law Project at a courthouse near you next year for regional competitions (Albany, Bend, Hillsboro, Medford, Portland, and Vale) 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. Registration will open in January, 2016.
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.
Mini Mock Trial
CLICK HERE to obtain the case information for the 2014 Mini Mock Trial.
The 2014 Mini Mock Trial was on Friday, December 12, 2014. 34 teams of high school students assumed the roles of attorneys and witnesses to argue a criminal case before 70 attorneys, judges, educators and law students at the Multnomah County Courthouse.
This event gives students an opportunity to gain experience, try out new roles and skills, and encourages high schools a chance to start a team. Team registration is closed for 2014.
Mock Trial Resources
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.
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