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Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament
 

 

Bring the Court System to Life for Students

 
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

 

 
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
 
 
 

 

 

Coaches Conference Resources

 
 

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 1st. No entries will be accepted after December 1st. 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 Chapa
State Bar of Wisconsin
(608) 250-6140
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casematerials 
 

2016 Case Summary

 

The 2016 case was developed by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Mock Trial Writers Committee. Students will be given the task of presenting a civil case, involving an allegation of excessive force by a police officer.

 

The full case will be available October 1st to teams that have paid the registration fee. The case will be available online after December 1st, 2015.

 

​​**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.