Lawyers Journal

Get involved in Mock Trial

In preparation for the 24th Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Program, the MBA invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge.

Open to all public and private high school students in Massachusetts, the Mock Trial Program is a rich curriculum that promotes the development of fundamental knowledge, sound judg-
ment 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 case.

As a Mock Trial judge, you will attend an orientation session in early January and be scheduled to preside over one or more trials in a courtroom near your home or office. Judges are especially needed during the preliminary rounds of the competition, which run from late January to mid-February.

Each trial lasts approximately 2 ½ to 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 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 its basic strategy and courtroom techniques; others play a more active role in the team, accompanying it to each trial.

While the actual time commitment varies from team to team, most teams begin working with their attorney coach when the case is released in early November.

For more information, contact Mock Trial Central at (617) 338-0570, or by e-mail at [e-mail mocktrial].

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