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Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament


Bring the Court System to Life for Students

Click Here to sign-up for 2017 High School Mock Trial Competition

                                2018 Mock Trial Dates 


Online Registration                                                             September 18, 2017

Case Release October 9, 2017
Coaches Conference November 8, 2017
Mock Trial Entry Deadline November 13, 2017
Team Drop Deadline December 12, 2017
Regional Tournaments February 10, 2018
State Semi-final March 9 & 10, 2018
State Finals March 11, 2018
National Mock Trial Tournament
Reno, Nevada
May 2018

Registration will start on September 18, 2017.

We have online PAYMENT this year!

Register by November 13, 2017.
No teams will be allowed to register after November 13, 2017.

2015-16 Coaches Conference Resources


 Registration Information


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.


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


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.


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.


Entry fee per team is $175 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 November 13th. No entries will be accepted after November 13th. 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
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Carol Barbian
State Bar of Wisconsin
(608) 250-6140
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2017 Case Materials


2018 Case Summary




**The Mock Trial program is funded by a generous grant from the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin, supporting law-related education and public service programs statewide.