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. Click here to register for the 2014-15 High School Competition.

Participants experience first-hand the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant and what legal arguments are effective. Click here to see the video of 2014 Oregon Mock Trial Finals (the password is:  mocktrial2014).

November 14, 2014 – One copy of the case, per team, will be mailed to Mock Trial teams who have completed registration, including payment.
December 12, 2014 – Mini Mock Trial Competition
December 15, 2014 – Mock Trial Team Registration Deadline – late fees begin.
January 5, 2015 – Last day to register for Mock Trial. No refunds after this day.
Late January, 2015 – Listserv responses begin (questions welcome any time).
February 28, 2015 – Regional Mock Trial
March 13-14, 2015 – State Mock Trial Finals

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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) will be 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. Click here to register for the 2014-15 High School Competition.

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!

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Join Classroom Law Project at a courthouse near you for regional competitions (Albany, Bend, Hillsboro, Medford, Portland, and Oregon City)  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 will be on Friday, December 12, 2014. 30 teams of high school students 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. Team registration is closed for 2014. CLICK HERE to register as a judge.

 

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.