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


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

Registration closed.

Mock Trial Case 2016-17: Lopez V. Buddie’s Burgers

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.


Oct. 31    Competition registration opened

Nov. 14   CLP makes cases available to registered teams

Dec. 12    Last day to register before late fee begins

Jan. 9      Registration closes

Mar. 4     Regional competitions, statewide

Mar. 17-18   State competition, Portland

May 11-13    National competition, Hartford, CT

 2016 MiniMock Trial – December 9, 2016

Registration closed.

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.

Friday, December 9         approx. 5:00pm-9:00pm

Multnomah County Courthouse

1021 SW Fourth Ave., Portland, OR 97204


Oct. 3-8  MiniMock online registration period,

Oct. 11   Announce 32 teams selected from the lottery to participate in MiniMock

Dec. 9    MiniMock event at Multnomah County Courthouse

NEW THIS YEAR: Because demand exceeds capacity, Classroom Law Project will have a lottery to decide the 32 teams that will participate in the MiniMock event.

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


  • MiniMock registration period is October 3-8.
  • Schools may register one or two teams.
  • Teams may be as large as desired; there is no limit on the number of students per team (unlike the competition)
  • For schools registering two teams, both teams will be in the event if the school’s name is drawn in the lottery. Since teams register as a single school (with one or two teams), no school is advantaged or disadvantaged in the lottery based on the number of teams it has. DO NOT register for two teams unless there will be two teams ready to go to trial on Dec. 9.

MiniMock Trial Materials

MiniMock Trial Packet – Part One

MiniMock Trial Packet – Part Two


Mock Trial Resources

Mock Trial Case 2016-17: Lopez V. Buddie’s Burgers

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.

 Registration for High School Competition

Registration closed.