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Thousands of high school students from across the state participate each year in this highly motivating, energetic, and challenging academic competition! The program provides a great way for students to gain an “insider’s view” of our judicial system, plus, they gain confidence speaking in front of others and have a lot of fun at the same time. The competition is open to all high school students - public, private and homeschool. 

How does the competition work?

A team of 7-10 high school students are gathered by a team advisor - this can be a teacher, an attorney, or even student leaders; and once registered, the team will begin preparing to compete against their peers in an organized Regional Competition meet. In October of the current school year, teams will be able to download information related to a fictional case. Each team must learn both sides of the case study (Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense) and students must play the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a 'mock' trial.  Members work together to learn the facts of the case and create strategies for trial and then compete in local-area meets. The Regional meets are usually held on a week/end between January 15-February 15 at a local courthouse or legal institution within the region. The winners of these meets will then advance to the State Competition in Dallas, TX held the first weekend of March during the current school year. The final champion team will then represent the Great State of Texas at the National High School Mock Trial Competition held in May (usually the first or second week/end).  For more information, please visit the Texas High School Mock Trial web page.

How does a team get started?
A team advisor - a teacher, an attorney, or even student leaders – will need to register his or her team online and pay the registration fee by the deadline, December 15. Early registration is encouraged even before all team members are gathered, so that current members can be ready/prepped before the case materials launch in October. Important: There can only be one team of 7-10 members per high school. Therefore, if many students are interested, please have an internal competition, or try-outs, to determine who is on the Varsity team. Also, please notify the school principal and others at the school who may be interested in starting a team of your participation, so that more than one team does not register. Once the team is registered for the competition, teams are provided with a copy of the case materials for the year (included in the registration fee) and these contain the rules, procedures, and the case problem itself. The case for the year is usually released each October. Teams should secure assistance from a local attorney or judge to help with courtroom decorum and trial skills – even for one day this is helpful! Also, helpful materials and links are provided to new teams via this website.   

Please note: 
Each team will bear its own expense to all competitions - this mainly includes transportation and food/beverage. 

Mock Trial


  • Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Smith County Courthouse

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Session  073457

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019

    Smith County Courthouse

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Session 078145

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