Congratulations Sylvania Southview High School for winning the 2014 High School Mock Trial Competition!
Runner up: Orange High School
Final Four: Solon High School, Ashland High School
Final Eight: Indian Hill High School, Oak Hills High School, Reading High School, St. Xavier High School
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.
Objectives of Mock Trial
- 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
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 Mock Trial program, please contact Todd Burch, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org