Ohio Mock Trial-High School

Orange High School- Team Polaris- 2016 High School Mock Trial State Competition Winners!!!
Orange High School- Team Polaris- 2016 High School Mock Trial State Competition Winners!!!
Program Coordinator: 

Congratulations to all teams that competed in the 2016 High School Mock Trial State Competition.  Scoresheets were made available to all teams competing at the state level. If you did not pick up a copy of your scoresheets at the state competition, please contact csmith@oclre.org 


Student Pin Design Contest!

     The Ohio Mock Trial program is happy to announce the 2017 Pin Design Contest. Annually, the Ohio Mock Trial participation pin is distributed to over 5,000 students across Ohio. We are currently seeking designs from students. The design must incorporate the words “2017 Ohio Mock Trial”, “OCLRE” and use the colors in the Center’s logo red (PMS 200) and blue (PMS 2757) with other colors, if desired. Colors must be solid block, no gradients.  Submissions are due by September 1st. Submit your designs HERE.


Seeking Nominations for the Lori Urogdy-Eiler Award!

Send in your nomination for the Lori Urogdy-Eiler Award for Coaching Excellence in Mock Trial. Nominations are due by July 1, 2016 to the executive director at kstrickland@oclre.org. The nomination form can be found HERE or in your case materials

About High School Mock Trial

Ohio 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.




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Hard Copy Case File



Digital Copy Case File



Hard Copy Student Manual



Team Registration: 

OCLRE Member: $170/team Non-Member: $205/team

New to Ohio Mock Trial? Have some of your questions answered HERE

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Ohio State Bar Association President John Holschuh introduce the 2015 Ohio Mock Trial case. Special thanks to the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Channel and the Ohio State Bar Association.




Click on the video below to view the 2016 Ohio Mock Trial final round – Orange High School vs. Dayton Early College Academy




Click on the video below to see the 2016 State Championship High School Mock Trial interviews and Ohio Channel Story





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.

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 High School Mock Trial program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Caitlyn Smith, csmith@oclre.org 614-485-3507.


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