The Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Law Related Education Program, teaches students in grades 9-12 about the law and the legal system by participating in a simulated trial. In addition to the Competition, the Law Related Education Program also supports the Mock Trial in the Classroom Project to expose students who do not participate in the competition to the benefits of the Mock Trial Program. For questions about the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition or the Mock Trial in the Classroom Project, contact Carey Shoufler at (208) 334-4500.
Through participation in the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition, students from all parts of Idaho are given a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues, while they develop important critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. Students prepare a hypothetical legal case. Then, in real courtrooms, before real judges, teams try their cases - from opening statements, through direct and cross examination, to closing arguments, each team has its own attorneys and witnesses and must be ready to present either side of the case.
Teams compete in one of three regional tournaments in late February or early march. The top 12 qualifying teams compete in the state tournament in Boise in late March and the state champion qualifies to compete in the national tournament in May.
For more information, including team roles and support for teams, read the 2017 Information Sheet.
October 2, 2017 - 2018 Mock Trial Registration Opens
November 15, 2017 - 2018 Mock Trial Case Materials Released (must be registered to receive)
December 1, 2017 - 2018 Mock Trial Early Registration Deadline
January 31, 2018 - 2018 Mock Trial Final Registration Deadline