Mock Trial

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.

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.

Click here to learn more about this enriching program.



Metro Mini Mock Trial

 The 2013 Mini Mock Trial Case was Walker v. Brewster, click the case to view it.

Each fall, 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.

2013 Mini Mock registration is now closed. 



Mock Trial Resources

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

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

Find handouts from the 2013 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.