Learning through Mock Trials

Each year, several hundred attorneys, masters and judges across the state volunteer to help high school students hone their “legal-eagle” skills and learn what it might be like to argue a case in court. The statewide Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judicial Conference.

Mock Trial
The Judiciary opens its doors to high school mock trial teams as they face off in District Court and Circuit Court courtrooms around Maryland. Each team competes at least four times in local matches, and teams that reach the state championship have competed, on average, 10-12 times. The championship is held each spring in the state’s highest court in Annapolis, and is presided over by a Court of Appeals judge.

Since the competition began in 1983, almost 50,000 students from most counties in Maryland have participated. The success of the mock trial competition depends heavily on volunteer attorneys and judges who coach teams, and score competitions at local, regional, semifinal and final levels.