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Youth & Government: Mock Trial

Mock Trial Overview

Delegates in the NC YMCA Youth And Government Mock Trial program acquire the leadership, team building and public speaking skills that lead to being an active and engaged citizenship.  Mock Trial provides an opportunity for students to participate in a competitive, high drama courtroom showdown between teams from around the state.

Through researching case law, working with team members and arguing legal issues in front of real judges and lawyers, teens are provided hands-on learning opportunities that will assist in the development of the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to lead the next generation.   

As a Mock Trial participant, you will be:

  • Assigned a team with other students from the same school or region.
  • Teams are given an actual case with different roles. You and your teammates will assume these roles at Conference during the trial. Work will be assigned prior to conference by reviewing the case and arguments.
  • Each team must use at least three witnesses and two attorneys in each trial. Different students must play each of these roles during each trial.
  • Teams will present both sides of the case (Prosecution and Defense) during Conference.
  • All student attorneys must participate with case presentation.
  • During Conference there are adult volunteers rating and judging your preparation and performance.