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Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament


    Bring the Court System to Life for Students

    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

    2018 Case Summary

    A big company called Dig Deep comes to town to create jobs by mining for iron. Local activists protest Dig Deep and the damage they are causing the environment. When mining equipment is sabotaged. Dig Deep calls foul on the protestors. Who is to blame for the damages: the protestors, or Dig Deep itself?

    Registration Information (Registration is Closed for 2018)

    For More Information Go to the Mock Trial Home Page


    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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    **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.