By incorporating mock trial in elementary schools, students can learn about the basis of our American judicial system and the mechanics of litigation. In addition, students are encouraged to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship in a democracy. Mock trial is exciting to share in any classroom or club, and it encourages participation, critical thinking, speaking skills and teamwork. The program also serves to increase cooperation, respect and support between the community and the legal profession. All participants are encouraged to keep in mind that the goal of the mock trial program is to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship in a democracy through participation in our system of law and justice. All who participate in the mock trial competition are winners in this sense.
Trainings for teacher and attorney coaches are provided in the summer and early fall at no cost. The South Carolina Bar will pay for a substitute, if necessary, so that a teacher can attend the mock trial training.
Teacher coaches implementing Mock Trial are encouraged to apply for the LRE Teacher of the Year Award,which comes with a $500 recognition award. School resource officers implementing Mock Trial can apply for the LRE Citizen of the Year award,which comes with a $500 recognition award.