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Middle School Mock Trial
 
The Middle School Mock Trial Program is a hands-on exercise in learning about due process. It is a team activity program that is most often conducted as an extracurricular activity, but can also incorporated into law, forensics or public speaking classes. Private schools, home school groups and community groups are welcome and encouraged to participate. Students representing attorneys and witnesses for both sides of a fictional case role play that case being tried in court. The students are guided in their case through support of their teacher and attorney coaches. The program teaches the legal process and trial procedure.
 
Through participation in the mock trial program, students will increase basic skills such as listening, speaking,writing, reading and problem analysis. Each participating school enters a team sponsored by a teacher volunteer that is ideally composed of between six and 16 students, but can have more students filling alternate roles.Teams try a fictional case against other teams at regional competitions in the fall of each year. The top two teams from each regional competition advance to the state championship in December.

The South Carolina Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division offers training for new teacher and attorney coaches every summer in preparation for the fall competition.The trainings are not mandatory for teams to be eligible to compete, but they do assist in preparation for a strong and organized team. At the training, teachers are provided with an outline of middle school mock trial guidelines, hands-on activities, videos, mock trial classroom instructional materials and a question/answer session with attorney coaches and mock trial teachers.
 
Beyond Mock Trial Past Champions
Case Materials Press Releases
Coaches Manual for Attorneys and Teachers Prior Middle School Mock Trial Cases
Correlations to the Standards Registration for Competition Now Available - 2013
Competitions Resources
     Dates Rules
     Directions        Competition - 2013
     Locations        Modified Rules of Evidence - 2013
     Results - Regional Team Participation
     Results - State Testimonials
Discussion Forum Training Dates and Webinar Access for Coaches
Effectiveness and Incentives Videos for Coaches and Students
Forms Volunteer Opportunities
Handbook (Rules and Resources) Volunteers (Attorney)
Important Program Dates Questions??? 
Overview Handout of Middle School Mock Trial   
 
To request more information or to register for a training, please see the 2014 Training Catalog, or contact the LRE Division at 803-252-5139 or email lre@scbar.org.