What is Mock Trial?

Mock Trial is part of county, state and national competitions for high school students where they learn how to prepare for a trial from start to finish. They argue constitutional issues before real Superior Court judges and attorneys; and plan, draft and present opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations and closing arguments. With their attorney and teacher-coaches, they learn to play the role of attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs.

Moreau's Mock Trial Program has both a green team ("junior varsity") and a gold team ("varsity"), which allows for more students to compete with other schools in scrimmages and invitationals. In November and December, both teams compete with a case released by the Constitutional Rights Foundation in mock trial scrimmages, and invitationals with teams from all over the state.

In January and February, the gold team competes in the Philip A. Harley Alameda County Mock Trial Competition. The winner of the county championship moves on to the state championship held in March, and the winner of the state championship moves on to the National Mock Trial Championship in May.

Members of the Mock Trial Gold Team may also earn varsity letters and receive Alameda County and state awards for both their individual and team performances.

Learn more about the 2017-2018 Mock Trial's trip to the World Championships.

For more information about Mock Trial, please contact mocktrial@moreaucatholic.org.


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