High School Mock Trial

2014 State Champions Sylvania Southview!
2014 State Champions Sylvania Southview!
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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

Authentic Assessment

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 tburch@oclre.org

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