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. 

Register to be a Mock Trial Judge

Register for Mock Trial Listserve

Mock Trial Listserve Official Page

Get the 2015 Mock Trial Case

Watch the 2014 Oregon Mock Trial Finals (password: mocktrial2014)

Late January, 2015 – Listserv responses begin (questions welcome any time).
February 28, 2015 – Regional Mock Trial
March 13-14, 2015 – State Mock Trial Finals

See below for more information about:

 

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) was 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. Registration for the 2014-15 High School Competition is closed.

Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers

Classroom Law Project offers fun and information-packed mock trial workshops for teachers of 3-12 grade. Workshops include continental breakfast, lunch, PDUs and all materials.  Sign up for our monthly educator newsletter to receive workshop notifications!

Teen Lawyer

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!

Judging Mock Trial

Volunteer to Judge the Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition! Click here to go to the registration page.

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Join Classroom Law Project at a courthouse near you 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.  If you are interested in being a part of this exciting event, email our Program Manager Tyler Kaltenbach at tkaltenbach@classroomlaw.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.

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

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)

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

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.

Mock Trial 2015 – Regional Coordinators

BAKER
Dave Eyler
Vale High School
Vale, OR 97918
dave.eyler@vayle.k12.or.us
LINN
Kristen Sager-Kottre
Law Office of Daniels & Ivers
220 SW 6th Ave., Suite 201
PO Box 1033
Albany, OR 97321
kristen@danielsivers.com
CLACKAMAS
Bill (William C.) Knox III
9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Suite 150
Clackamas, OR 97015
bill@007law.com 
MULTNOMAH
Classroom Law Project
620 SW Main Street, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
office@classroomlaw.org 
DESCHUTES
Ms. Angie Lee
360 NW Vermont, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97701
angela@angelaleelaw.com
WASHINGTON
Elizabeth Lemoine
515 SW Saltzman Road, Suite 811
Portland, OR 97229
elizlemoine@yahoo.com
JACKSON
Justin Rosas
10 Crater Lake Avenue
Medford, OR 97504
justin@justinrosas.com