Mock Trial

Oregon High School Mock Trial

Mock Trial is both a classroom strategy and an extracurricular competition that high school students have loved for decades. Using a mock court case, students play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and court officers while learning the lasting skills of public speaking, teamwork, research, collaboration, civil and criminal legal concepts, and civic engagement. It is a way to bring the law alive for students and to give them a voice in what otherwise might seem a very distant judicial system.

Oregon has been participating in the National High School Mock Trial Competition (NHSMTC) since 1987, and Classroom Law Project is proud to continue that legacy today. Every February and March, high school teams from around the state compete in Regional Competitions. The top teams then compete at the State Competition, and that winner goes on to the National Competition to compete against teams from across the country.

Classroom Law Project coordinates the high school mock trial competitions in Oregon and also provides workshops for teachers on how to implement mock trial strategies in their classrooms.

Interested in bringing Mock Trial into your classroom? Check our upcoming events for learning opportunities, or access Mock Trial resources in our Educator Resource Community.