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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
Xavier Team 
2016 Shorewood Team 

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


Download 2017 Mock Trial Handbook


2017 Semifinals Teams
Franklin High School
Lakeview Technology Academy
Green Bay
Bay Port High School
Green Bay East High School
Middleton High School
Stoughton High School
Lodi High School
Beaver Dam High School
River Valley high School
Oregon High School
Eau Claire
Superior High School
River Falls High School
Xavier High School
Appleton West High School
La Crosse
La Crosse Central
Melrose-Mindoro High School
Wisconsin Rapids
Stratford High School
Marshfield High School
Rhinelander High School
D.C. Everest High School
Brookfield Academy
Wauwatosa West High School
Shorewood High School
Whitefish Bay High School
 2017 Mock Trial Dates 
Case Released October 3, 2016
Coaches Conference November 15, 2016
Mock Trial Entry Deadline December 12, 2016
Team Drop Deadline January 9, 2017
Regional Tournaments February 11, 2017
State Semi-final March 11, 2017
State Finals March 12, 2017
National Mock Trial Tournament
Hartford, Connecticut
May 12-14, 2017
November 15, 2016 Coaches Conference 
1-5pm, State Bar Center
  • Mock Trial Rules of Evidence - speaker TBD
  • Basics of Running a Mock Trial Program - speaker Renee Potter ( Lodi High School)
  • Keeping a Team within the 40 Minute Window - speaker Debra Schwinn ( Shorewood High School)

Registration will start on September 19, 2016.

We have online PAYMENT this year!

Register by December 12, 2016.
No teams will be allowed to register after December 12, 2016.

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 December 12th. No entries will be accepted after December 12th. 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


2017 Case Summary


The 2017 case was developed by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Mock Trial Writers Committee. Students will be given the task of presenting what is known in Wisconsin as a Len Bias case.  Three individuals attend a gathering, prescription Oxycodone is ingested, and one of the individuals passes away.  Tristan Marks is now charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide.  Did Tristan Marks supply the Oxycodone to Riley Thomas? Was the death of Riley Thomas caused by an overdose of Oxycodone? Or by a pre-existing medical condition? These are the questions  that high school students throughout the State of Wisconsin will be answering in this year's case.


The full case will be available October 3rd to teams that have paid the registration fee. The case will be available online after December 13th, 2016.


**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.