DEADLINE TO REGISTER: AUGUST 20
Mock Trial (HS, Grades 9-12)
Do you want to learn more about our legal system? Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Do you love to argue your point? Do you enjoy drama? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then mock trial may be the program for you!
In mock trial, scholars will focus on learning about the legal system, specifically trial practice. The course will allow scholars to develop and enhance analytical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as poise and self-confidence. They will work in teams of 6-8 scholars to learn how to effectively analyze a criminal case by preparing for both the prosecution and defense sides of the case. They will learn how to write and deliver direct examinations, cross examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments. Scholars will also learn to argue the Federal Rules of Evidence and have the opportunity to play the roles of witnesses. Teams will compete against other schools in a regional competition in early March from which teams have the opportunity to advance to the state competition in late March. The winner of the state competition advances to the national competition in May.
After auditions in mid-October, if students are not placed on a Mock Trial team, they may request to have their fee refunded.
Class Dates: Tuesdays, Thursdays, weekends* September 12, 2023 – March 5, 2023**, excluding holidays and half days. * Weekend practices begin in third quarter. **Teams advancing to State will continue to practice throughout March and any team advancing to Nationals will continue to practice through mid-May.
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