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. 

Get the 2015 Mock Trial Case
Watch the 2014 Oregon Mock Trial Finals (password: mocktrial2014)

See below for more information about:

 

March 17-18, 2015 Middle School Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers

4:00-6:00PM, West Sylvan Middle School

Classroom Law Project presents a Mock Trial Workshop for Middle School teachers – March 17 and March 18 at West Sylvan Middle School.  In two afternoons we will cover everything you need to know about how to incorporate Mock Trial into your curriculum and how to implement this program in your classroom.

CLP staff and our resident expert, Susie Marcus, help break down this year’s high school mock trial case for middle school minds. This year’s case is a civil rights case  involving a police officer’s use of alleged excessive force on a suspect. Talk about timely! It is fun, and this workshop is free!  Go to registration form.

Competition

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

February 28, 2015 – Regional Mock Trial Competitions, statewide
March 13-14, 2015 – State Mock Trial Competition, Portland, Oregon
May 14-16, 2015 – National Mock Trial Finals, Raleigh, North Carolina.

RESULTS FROM 2015 STATE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
1st Place: Village Home Education Resource Center
2nd Place: West Linn
3rd Place: Riverdale
4th Place: Jesuit
CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the teams who competed this weekend! Some of you came a long distance to be part of this event. All of you worked very hard to get to this point. Click here to see photos from the reception and final round: Password: ClassLaw

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.

Judging Mock Trial

Volunteer to Judge the Oregon High School Mock Trial Competition! We rely on hundreds of attorneys, judges, professors, educators and community leaders to judge our mock trial teams.  This event would not be possible without your help!  THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEER JUDGES THIS YEAR!

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Our 2015 competition is over, but you can join Classroom Law Project at a courthouse near you next year 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.  Registration will open in January, 2016.

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

March 7, 2015 Mock Trial Workshop for Middle School and High School Teachers

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
500 Viking Drive
Vale, OR 97918
dave.eyler@vale.k12.or.us
LINN
Kristen Sager-Kottre
201 W. 1st Ave.
Albany, OR 97321
kristen.ksklaw@gmail.com
CLACKAMAS
Bill (William C.) Knox III
9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Suite 335
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