Open to all public and private high
schools in Massachusetts, the Mock Trial Program is a rich
curriculum that promotes the development of fundamental knowledge,
sound judgment and critical thinking skills. In Mock Trial,
students are placed in a simulated courtroom situation where they
assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical
Every year, members of the MBA are
needed to serve as coaches and judges for the Mock Trial Program,
in which thousands of high school students across Massachusetts
prepare a hypothetical case and then test their skills as lawyers
and witnesses in a simulated courtroom competition.
Teachers and students:
Visit www.massbar.org/mock to learn about
the Mock Trial program from the inside out. The site covers the
Attorneys and judges: Learn how to get involved in local Mock
As a Mock Trial judge, you will attend an orientation session
and will be scheduled to preside over a trial in a courtroom near
your home or office. Each trial lasts approximately 2 ½-3 hours.
You may volunteer to judge as little as one trial, although many
judges prefer to judge more.
As an attorney coach, you will be matched with a teacher coach
at a nearby school and will serve as the team's legal advisor. Some
attorney coaches attend two to three team meetings throughout the
year, to assist the team in developing their basic strategy and
courtroom techniques, while others play a more active role in the
team - accompanying them to each trial.
- To read more about the role of Mock Trial volunteers,
- To read about other volunteers' experiences in Mock Trial,
- To read about the program in greater detail, visit Mock Trial
Central at www.massbar.org/mock: a separate Web
site dedicated to the Mock Trial Tournament.
The MBA's Mock Trial Program is generously supported by the
law firm Brown, Rudnick, Berlack & Israels
LLP and the Massachusetts Bar
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