Ohio High School Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in an original, unscripted simulated trial written by attorneys. High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state. The state finals are held in the Ohio Statehouse, and the winner advances to the national competition.
Mock Trial Objectives
- Improve critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills
Develop understanding and appreciation for the law, court procedures, and the judicial system
Understand constitutional rights and responsibilities
Recognize and reward students’ academic and intellectual achievements
New: Mock Trial Video Tutorial!
A Mock Trial how-to for teachers and students, the video outlines Mock Trial elements – opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments – with examples of each in a simulated trial.
Thank you to Westerville North High School Mock Trial team and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Each year volunteer attorneys create an original case around a current constitutional issue important to students. Mock Trial teams work with an attorney or a judge to prepare their case – from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. Competitions at the district, regional and state levels are conducted in an actual courtroom and are scored by panels of lawyers and judges.
It’s Easy to Get Involved
The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education presents several professional development workshops for beginning Mock Trial teachers. A new case is released each autumn. The mock trial competition manual includes the case, competition rules, case law, rules of evidence and teaching materials. For more information about becoming involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Caitlyn Smith, email@example.com 614-485-3507.