Mock Trial offers a hands on approach to teaching students about the legal system. Students learn how to eloquently debate topics and present their arguments in front of real judges and attorneys. This extracurricular activity is a place where academics and competition meet. Students can decipher a case and prove their points and train themselves to make the right decisions under pressure.
Trials are set up in a traditional court room. The Constitutional Rights Foundation writes the case for the season. Students audition for their desired role, and the official teams are decided upon by the Mock Trial coaches.
When presenting their case, students must use legal vocabulary and formulate mature and clear arguments and testimonies. This type of experience benefits students in that they develop the ability to speak on an intellectual level with their peers. Mock Trial is a place where young people can build off of each other and learn from their mistakes and also learn a sense of competition on an intellectual level. The skills they gain will help them in the future.