Mock Trial is an innovative, engaging and often life-changing civic education program that combines performance-based, law-related education with tournament-style, academic competition. High school students, working in teams under the guidance of volunteer attorney coaches and teachers, analyze the facts of a hypothetical criminal court case, prepare trial strategy and enact every role in the trial proceedings, either as members of the prosecution or defense. The teams present their cases in real courtrooms before sitting judges and are scored by volunteer attorneys. Over 750 high school students from 35 local high schools annually participate in the Mock Trial program that also includes courtroom art and journalism contests.
Students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the American judicial system, the rule of law and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. The program builds self-confidence and develops important life skills, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning, effective communication and teamwork. Students learn the importance of following rules and a code of ethics. Importantly, they are provided with the unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with positive adult role models, including prominent legal practitioners.
If you are interested in starting a Mock Trial team at your high school, you are encouraged to review the “Frequently Asked Questions” and contact Program Manager Theresa Bernard.
Mock Trial Meet & Greet – Wednesday, May 17th at Orange County Bar Association
Are you a teacher interested in starting a mock trial team at your school? Are you an attorney interested in coaching a mock trial team? Attend our upcoming Mock Trial Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, May 17th at 5:45pm at the Orange County Bar Association (4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach 92660) to learn more about the program. Download Meet & Greet Flyer Here. Teachers in attendance will also have the opportunity to find attorney coaches in their area. RSVP by May 12th using the following link: http://www.crfoc.org/mtmeetandgreet
Mock Trial Results
Congratulations to 2016-2017 Orange County Mock Trial Champion Trabuco Hills High School, and congratulations to 2016-2017 Orange County Mock Trial Finalist Pacific Coast High School!
Volunteer Attorney Scorekeeper Competition
CRF-OC is inviting all major law firms and legal organizations to participate in a challenge to see which firm can contribute the most volunteer attorneys to score this year’s competition. Each week the current standings will be posted here. After each round, the totals will be adjusted to account for actual attendance. CRF-OC aims to have at least 2-3 attorney scorekeepers in each trial and anticipates needing 65-90 volunteer attorneys during the first four rounds of competition. The firm with most volunteers throughout each round of the competition will be presented an award at the Mock Trial Awards Reception in February.
Connecting with Mock Trial
Keep up-to-date with Mock Trial through social media. Follow us @OC_Mock_Trial on Twitter for competition updates and results.
Volunteer for Mock Trial
CRF-OC needs several volunteer judges and attorneys to assist with the mock trial competition. Further information about the competition can be found in the sidebar under “Other Resources.”
Judges – Participate in one or more rounds of competition, presiding over the trial and rating the performance of students in a variety of categories.
Attorney Scorekeepers – Participate in one or more rounds of competition, observing the trial and rating the performance of students in a variety of categories.
Attorney Coaches – Assist teachers and help students plan the strategy for their case, advise them on points of law and provide instruction about courtroom procedures. If you are interested in coaching a team, please contact Program Manager Theresa Bernard.