Ohio Middle School Mock Trial

   photos courtesy of Dave Liggett

Ohio Middle School Mock Trial 


 

About Middle School Mock Trial

Combine middle school students' love of argument with a love of good literature. Middle School Mock Trial cases are literature-based, with cases constructed from books most commonly read in the middle grades. Students learn first-hand about the law, court procedures, and the judicial system while also building critical 21st-century skills.  

Middle School Mock Trial cases are based on pop­u­lar lit­er­a­ture, writ­ten by teams of teach­ers and lawyers.  Mid­dle school stu­dents act as wit­nesses and at­tor­neys to argue cases in­volv­ing their fa­vorite char­ac­ters.  The pro­gram was de­signed with Ohio’s Learn­ing Stan­dards for so­cial stud­ies and Eng­lish/lan­guage arts in mind and is ideal for in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary teach­ing. Stu­dents read and an­a­lyze wit­ness state­ments drawn from the char­ac­ters in the books.  Stu­dents then work col­lab­o­ra­tively to de­velop ar­gu­ments for both sides and de­velop strate­gies to ques­tion the wit­nesses. 

OCLRE Mock Trial provides the opportunity for students to put together a coherent argument for their side of the case using furnished testimonial and physical evidence.  The comprehensive approach includes reading a case summary, trial briefs, and witness statements. 

Middle School Mock Trial has cases based on books commonly read at the middle school level.  OCLRE chooses one case to be the featured case at the State Showcase.

For questions, contact Danielle Wilmot at dwilmot@oclre.org or 614-485-3507


Testimonials

 "Mock Trial teaches students so much more than the legal process.  They develop teamwork strategies, critical thinking skills, and so much more.  The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming after they complete a trial.” ~ Amy Huber, Ridgeview Middle School

 “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the legal system and to find their voices.” ~ Christine Spinner, St. Hilary School

 “Middle School Mock Trial benefits the students by improving their speaking skills and helping students overcome the fear of public speaking.  It encourages students to think outside the box and dive into subject matter that is not always familiar to them.” ~ Vicky Potter, Danville Middle School

 “The growth you will see in the children is well worth it!” ~Mehgan Lucas, Trellis Academy

 “It is a great, self-motivated chance for students to focus on presentation skills.” ~ Drew Farrell, Genoa Middle School

 “It’s a fun, unique way to expose kids to the law.  It involves public speaking and thinking on your feet.  I would encourage teachers to try it!” ~ Lisa Koo, Shalom Christian Academy

 

Mock Trial Case Files


2023 Middle School Mock Trial Case

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We are bringing back a crowd favorite as the 2023 Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase piece. It’s time for this case to get its moment in the spotlight! Register for the Mock Trial Conference to find out more.  

 

The case file order form is coming soon!


Case Materials Cost

 

Member Rate
Digital

Non-Member
Rate Digital

1 case

$40

$85

2 cases (each)

$35

$80

3+ cases (each)

$25

$75

 

Questions?  Contact Program Coordinator, Danielle Wilmot at dwilmot@oclre.org, 614.485.3507.

Not a member yet?  You can easily join while registering for any OCLRE program!


Additional Middle School Mock Trial Cases

OCLRE offers 12 cases based on books commonly read at the Middle School level.  Any of these cases can be used in the classroom as a complement when educators might teach the book as part of the class. 

OCLRE rotates one case each year to be the featured State Showcase piece.  If you plan on attending the Showcase, make sure you purchase the featured case for that year.

If you are interested in ordering a Middle School Mock Trial case, please contact program coordinator, Danielle Wilmot (dwilmot@oclre.org).

  • State of Arizona v. Susanna Morales, based on Greystone Secrets: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Oklahoma v. J. Case, based on The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • State of Texas v. Walker, based on Holes, Louis Sachar
  • State of Mississippi v. T.J. Avery, based on Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by  Mildred Taylor
  • British Crown v. Johnny Tremain, based on Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • The Community v. Jaden, based on The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • State of Ohio v. Frankie Hunter, based on Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Benjamin et al. v. Napoleon et al., based on Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • State of Ohio v. John Cameron Butler, based on The Light in the Forest by  Conrad Richter
  • State of Ohio v. Philip Malloy, based on Nothing but the Truth by Avi
  • State of California v. George Milton, based on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Rhode Island v. C. Doyle, based on True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • State of Ohio v. Fred Smith, based on Bloodstain by Christopher Rowan 
An additional case, The People v. Dr. Gimesby Roylott, based on The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is available as a free download.  This can give your students the opportunity to practice a whole or parts of a mock trial before diving into a larger case.  

Case Materials Cost

 

Member Rate
Digital

Non-Member
Rate Digital

1 case

$40

$85

2 cases (each)

$35

$80

3+ cases (each)

$25

$75

 

Questions?  Contact Program Coordinator, Danielle Wilmot at dwilmot@oclre.org, 614.485.3507.

Not a member yet?  You can easily join while registering for any OCLRE program!

Mock Trial Showcase 


 

Tentative 2023 Showcase Dates

  • Thursday, April 27
  • Friday, April 28
  • Friday, May 12

 

All dates are schedule to take place in-person at the Supreme Court of Ohio. This is subject to change at the discretion of OCLRE.

 


Team Registration Pricing

 

 

Member Rate

Non-Member Rate 

1 Team

$80

$125

2 Teams

$160

$250

3 Teams

$240

$375


For more information on how to become involved with the Middle School Mock Trial pro­gram, please con­tact Danielle Wilmot, dwilmot@oclre.org 614-485-3507.


Middle School Mock Trial Professional Development

 


2022 Mock Trial Conference 

Conference Agenda

View PDF of Conference Agenda

OCLRE is hosting the 3rd annual Mock Trial Conference on Tuesday, September 27. We will have an in-person option which will be hosted at the Supreme Court of Ohio, the agenda for which is included above. 

You may also choose a virtual option which will be offered asynchronously through a series of video recordings of each session. These videos will be available one week after the conference.

Click HERE to register for the conference.

Please Note: Cancellations after September 20 will not be refunded.


Conference Pricing

 

In-Person Registration = $50

Virtual Registration = $25


If you are interested in learning more about Middle School Mock Trial, please contact the program coordinator, Danielle Wilmot (dwilmot@oclre.org). 


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