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Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament

Bring the Court System to Life for Students

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Since its inception in 1983, the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Program has brought our legal system to life for thousands of students.

Using facts and case materials developed by Wisconsin attorneys, students gain a deeper understanding of the court system as they develop their arguments and build their cases.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Analyze and prepare a case
  • Present as a witness
  • Argue their assigned role
  • Receive input and feedback from attorneys and judges

Mark your calendars for Wisconsin Mock Trial 2014 - Regional Tournaments February 8, 2014, Semi-final and final competition March 9-10, 2014.

Public Education Mock Trial Dates

National Mock Trial Board Meeting:  Oct. 11-12, 2013
Mock Trial Coaches Conference:  Oct. 21, 2013
Mock Trial Final Entry Deadline:  Dec. 13, 2013
Team Drop Deadline:  Jan. 10, 2014
National Mock Trial Preliminary Form Due:  Jan. 13, 2014
Regional Tournaments: (At locations around the State) Feb. 8, 2014
Tie-breaker Rounds:  (If necessary) Feb. 15, 2014
State Semifinals and Awards Program:  March 9, 2014
State Finals: (Wisconsin Supreme Court) March 10, 2014
National Mock Trial Case Released:  April 1, 2014
Deadline for Hotel Reservations – Inn at the Park:  April 7, 2014
Concourse Hotel:  April 15, 2014
Registration Deadline for National Mock Trial: April 15, 2014
Deadline for all Payments: April 21, 2014
National Mock Trial Championship: May 8-10, 2014

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Registration Information

Participate

The Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament is a popular rewarding and memorable competition where most students compete in actual courtrooms across the state against other high school teams.

Mock Trial provides high school students the opportunities to:

  • Practice critical thinking, public speaking, and advocacy skills
  • Use teamwork and collaborate with other students
  • Gain an awareness of the legal system
  • Experience an exchange of ideas among students from all areas of Wisconsin
  • Gain self-confidence, strength of character, sportsmanship, and maturity

Each year, teams of 6-12 students work with their teacher and attorney coaches on a hypothetical case and participate at regional competitions for a chance to advance to the state and national competitions. Panels of judges and attorneys evaluate the teams on their demonstrated knowledge of legal rules and presentation skills rather than on the merits of the case.

Teams

Each team will consist of three attorneys and three witnesses, and may include up to six alternates (total of 8 to 12 students).

Eligibility

Students must be actively enrolled in grades 9-12 at the time of the competition. Students who graduate in December or January prior to the competition are ineligible for participation.

Teachers/Attorney-Coaches

Each team needs one teacher coach and one attorney coach. It is each team’s responsibility to locate an attorney coach. Assistance in locating attorney coaches will be provided if requested, but the ultimate responsibility for locating attorney coaches lies with each team.

Cost

Entry fee per team is $150 and is not refundable. Materials will be emailed upon receipt of appropriate fees. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Purchase orders are not considered payment!

Registration Deadlines

All entries must be postmarked no later than December 13. No entries will be accepted after December 13. No exceptions.

How to Enter

Complete the entry form and mail it, with the appropriate fees, to: Mock Trial Registration, State Bar of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53708-7158. Make checks payable to the State Bar of Wisconsin. You will receive case materials and access to the Mock Trial listserv via email after receipt of fees and the registration form.


For additional information, contact:
Katie Wilcox
State Bar of Wisconsin
(608) 250-6191
PubEdCoordinator@wisbar.org

Case Materials

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Taylor Hamilton was driving Mom’s car, heading to P-cubed on the night of the big game. Alex Cooper left the game early because the team was losing, as usual. Alex cut through the woods and started to cross Nash Street, behind the high school. When the car and Alex collided, Alex was badly injured. Was Taylor careful enough or was Taylor distracted by friends and a text message? Did Alex’s hoodie cause a problem or did he exercise caution in crossing the road?