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.

 Mock Trial High School Competition

This year’s criminal case is timely. It involves a teen driver, texting, a winding road, and an accident that takes a life. Mark your calendars for March 3, when seven regional high school mock trial competitions will happen across the state, from La Grande to Portland. Finals are at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, March 16-17.

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.

The 2018 High School Mock Trial Case:
Mock Trial 1718 State v DeLuca_rev. 01.26.2018

Mock Trial High School Competition Important Dates
Mock Trial Discussion List (listserv), opens in January 2018
Regional Information, 2017-18
Regional Competition Schedules, 2017-18
State Competition Schedule, 2017-18
Volunteer to Judge
Volunteer to Coach

MiniMock Trial

Friday, December 8, 2017         approx. 5:00pm-9:00pm
Multnomah County Courthouse (1021 SW Fourth Ave., Portland, OR 97204)

MiniMock is a free, scrimmage-type event that gives students an opportunity to gain experience, try out new roles and skills, and encourages high schools to start a team.

We strongly encourage schools to host their own MiniMock event. The MiniMock case materials are free and available to all.

MiniMock Trial Registration

MiniMock Trial Important Dates

Volunteer to Judge MiniMock!

Mock Trial Resources

Mock Trial 2018 - State v DeLuca

Mock Trial Video 2017 - Lopez v Gartowski - Whistleblower
DVD's of Previous Mock Trial Cases

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

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.