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. 

 

Competition

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

February 27, 2016 – Regional Mock Trial Competitions, statewide
March 11-12, 2016 – State Mock Trial Competition, Portland, Oregon
May 12-14, 2016 – National Mock Trial Finals, Boise, Idaho

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.

2015 Mini Mock Trial will be on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Multnomah County Courthouse.

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 will open in November, 2015.

 

Mock Trial Resources

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.