Mock Trial is an activity in high schools and colleges where students learn how to present and deliver a mock court case. It improves many skills in students like their speaking and analytical skills, self confidence, and the ability to work well with others. Not to mention the fact that it is a tremendous amount of fun. During the years you spend in Mock Trial you may have opportunities to meet many other students from all over that share your interests in law. Students are trained in how to make opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. Mock Trial can be one of your best memories from high school.
There are three lawyers and three witnesses for each team. A person can have no more than two parts, whether that may be a lawyer and a witness, two witness parts, etc. The lawyer's job is to either help find the defendant innocent or guilty, depending on if you are a Commonwealth or defense lawyer. The defense team is working for the defendant, helping prove he or she is innocent. The Commonwealth is doing the opposite by proving the defendant is guilty of the charges made to him or her. The witnesses' job is to help the lawyers prove their points in their arguments.
We meet once or twice a week for practice, usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays anywhere from 4-5. We also have occasional Saturday practices. The fall 2014 competition is on November 22nd at Notre Dame High School.