In Mock Trial, students work side by side with local, real life attorneys and other professionals as their coaches to prepare a fictional civil or criminal case for trial at regional and state competitions.
What Do We Do?
Students work together in teams of six to eight to develop case theory and effective lines of questioning for both sides of the legal case. Students playing attorneys learn and use actual Federal Rules of Evidence in presenting their case. Other students take on witness roles, learning the details of a particular character and developing a convincing personality.
- logical/analytical reasoning
- public speaking
- the power of persuasion
- communication in a dynamic team environment
- the ability to observe, analyze and compare a lot of facts and details from different perspectives
Because every trial is unique, Mock Trial cultivates exceptional confidence, poise and the ability to think on one’s feet while under pressure.
Additionally, students often say one of the best aspects of Mock Trial is how all the fun, laughter and bonding with teammates, developed through intense practices and trials, results in memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. This is one reason that many Mock Trial alumni frequently return to support the Mock Trial program long after graduating.
Each year teams from schools across Indiana participate in this highly competitive program. Both the Regional level and State Final competitions take place in real courtrooms judged by attorneys. After 3-4 months of intense preparation, the entire Mock Trial “regular season” consists of three trials on one long Saturday in February. A select few teams advance to the State Finals for four more trials and an opportunity to compete in a 5th Championship Round for the Indiana State Title.
Since 1999, Heritage has earned a strong reputation as one of the top five schools in the intensively competitive Indiana High School Mock Trial program.
Who Can Join?
High School Mock Trial
Open to students in grades 9-12
The season runs from mid-October through early March. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Fridays after school and on Saturday mornings in January and February. Mock Trial competitions occur on weekends in February and March.
Middle School Mock Trial
Open to students in grades 6-8
Middle School Mock Trial is a 8-week after school club to serve as an introduction to the program.
For more information on Heritage's Mock Trial program, contact Janice Houghton, Mock Trial Coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Indiana Mock Trial program, visit the Indiana Bar Foundation website.