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. 

Register to be a Mock Trial Judge
Register for Mock Trial Listserve
Mock Trial Listserve Official Page
Get the 2015 Mock Trial Case
Watch the 2014 Oregon Mock Trial Finals (password: mocktrial2014)

See below for more information about:

 

Competition

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.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY
Student Check-In: 7:00am
Student Orientation: 7:30am
Round 1: 8:30am
Round 2: 10:45am
Round 3: 1:30pm
Awards: 3:45pm
Location: Clackamas County Courthouse, 807 Main Street, Oregon City, OR 97045

DESCHUTES COUNTY
Doors Open: 7:30am
Student Orientation: 8:15am
Round 1: 8:30am
Round 2: 11:00am
Round 3: 1:45pm
Awards: 4:00pm
Location: Deschutes County Courthouse, 1100 NW Bond Street, Bend, OR 97701

JACKSON COUNTY
Orientation: 8:15am
Round 1: 8:30am
Round 2: 10:45am
Round 3: 1:45pm
Awards: 4:00pm
Location: Jackson County Courthouse, 100 S. Oakdale Avenue, Medford, OR 97501

LINN COUNTY
Student Orientation (courtroom 1): 8:15am
Round 1: 8:30am
Round 2: 10:30am
Round 3: 1:30pm
Awards (courtroom 1): 3:30pm
Location: Linn County Courthouse, 104 Fourth Avenue SW, Albany, OR 97321

MALHEUR COUNTY
Orientation: 9:30am
Round 1: 10:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Round 2: 12:45pm
Round 3: 3:00pm
Awards: 4:30pm
Location: Malheur County Courthouse, 251 B Street West, Vale, OR 97918

MULTNOMAH COUNTY
Round 1: 9:00am
Round 2: 11:30am
Round 3: 2:00pm
Awards: 4:15pm
Location: Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Student Orientation: 8:00am
Round 1: 8:30am
Round 2: 11:00am
Round 3: 1:30pm
Awards: 4:00pm
Location: Washington County Courthouse, 150 North 1st Street, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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.

Mock Trial Workshop for Teachers – March 7, 2015

Classroom Law Project offers  a fun and information-packed mock trial workshop for teachers of 6-12 grade. Workshops will take place in Pendleton and Roseburg, and include continental breakfast, lunch, PDUs and all materials.  Click here to learn more!

Teen Lawyer

Mock trial is a proven strategy to teach several disciplines. 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! Click here to go to the registration page.

MT14-013

Join Classroom Law Project at a courthouse near you 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.

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