Mock Trial Program
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Each high school can register up to three teams by filling out the Online Idaho High School Mock Trial Registration Form paying the registration fee either online or by check to the to the Idaho Law Foundation. Teams must be registered to receive case materials.
The 2017 registration period has passed. Look for new registration material in October 2017.
The Law Related Education Program is developing an online Coaches’ College, open to both teacher sponsors and attorney coaches. Participants will learn from experienced mock trial coaches and judges about the best practices for running a mock trial program and preparing students to compete in the mock trial. Check back in summer 2017 for links to the training.
For schools interested in an orientation to the mock trial program, contact Carey Shoufler.
The Courtroom Artist Contest is open to students in grades 9 to 12, to allow artistically talented students the opportunity to participate in the mock trial program. Artists observe trials and submit sketches that depict actual courtroom scenes. Participants can be part of a team or enter on their own. For more information see the 2017 Courtroom Artist Information and Registration Form. Entries are judged by a panel of local artists and art educators.
After the completion of the state contest, the top three artists receive cash prizes for their entries. Winning sketches are displayed at the offices of the Idaho Law Foundation and reproduced for inclusion in the State Bar’s magazine, The Advocate. Press releases with results will also be sent to local and statewide media outlets.
The sketches that you see on this mock trial webpage are entries from previous courtroom artist contests.
2016 Courtroom Artist Contest Winner: Logan Fialowski, Capital High School, Boise, Idaho
Mock trial has proven to be an effective learning tool for students at all grade levels. Some elementary and middle/junior high schools choose to expose their students to mock trial before they reach high school age, when they are eligible to compete in the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition. Some high schools like the benefits of mock trial but are unable to participate in the Competition.
For schools who would like to utilize the mock trial materials in their classrooms, the Law Related Education Program will supply these materials to your school, free of charge. To receive your materials contact Carey Shoufler.
- February 11, 2017: East Idaho Regional Competition in Pocatello
- February 25, 2017: North Idaho Regional Competition in Lewiston
- March 4, 2017: Treasure Valley Regional Competition in Caldwell
- March 22 to 24, 2017: State Competition in Boise
- May 11 to 13, 2017: National Competition in Hartford, CT
The Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors who contribute time and money to ensure the continued success of the Mock Trial Program. The mock trial program needs attorneys and non-attorney community members to serve as coaches, judges, and competition support. Volunteers can fill out our Online Volunteer Form.
Anyone interested in making a donation to mock trial or other Law Related Education projects may access our online donation form.
For more information about volunteering for or making a contribution to the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition, contact Carey Shoufler.
2016 Mock Trial Competition Results
2016 Mock Trial Results
State Champion: The Ambrose School, Meridian, Idaho
2015 Mock Trial Competition Results
State Champion: Logos School, Moscow Idaho
2014 Mock Trial Competion Results
2014 State Winners
- Semi-Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Centennial High School, Logos School A Team, Logos School B Team
- Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Logos School A Team
- State Champion: Ambrose School A Team
2013 Mock Trial Competion Results
2013 State Winners
- Semi-Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Ambrose School B Team, Logos School A Team, Vallivue High School
- Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Logos School A Team
- State Champion: Logos School A Team
Access the last five mock trial cases using the links below. If you are looking for a specific legal topic that is not covered in the cases below, the Law Related Education Program has many other cases available. Contact Carey Shoufler for more information.
2016: Case Materials
2015: Case Materials
2014: Case Materials
2013: Case Materials
2012: Case Materials
Idaho’s mock trial program is part of the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Each year in May, NHSMTC hosts a tournament for state winners in May.
In 2017, Connecticut will serve as the host for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. For more information, visit the 2017 National Mock Trial website.