Tennessee High School Mock Trial

A public service project of the TBA's Young Lawyers Division

2017 Competition

Preparation for the 2017 State High School Mock Trial competition, which will take place March 17-18 in Nashville, is now underway. The team who wins will represent Tennessee at the 2017 National Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 11-13. Tweet about Mock Trial 2017 using the hashtag #tnmock17.

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General Information

2017 Competition
Save the date for the 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition March 17-18, 2017, in Nashville. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the 2017 National Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, May 11-13, 2017.

2018 & 2019 Competition
The 2018 national mock trial competition will take place May 10-13, 2018, in Reno, Nevada. In 2019, the national competition will take place May 16-18, 2019, in Athens, Georgia. Dates for the state competition have not yet been set.

Map of Competition Districts
The state is divided into 14 districts. Download a list of districts or a map of the districts.

Structure of Competition Rounds
Learn more about the structure of trial rounds here

National Competition
Tennessee’s state mock trial champion is eligible to participate in the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which is held each May. Visit the organization's website to see past winners, a sample case database and a list of state mock trial coordinators; connect with the group on Facebook; or follow it on Twitter.

Sign Up for Email Updates
To be added to the TBA’s email distribution list for competition information and case updates, sign up here

Championship Round Videos
Want to see what some of the state’s best teams look like in action? DVD footage from past championship rounds is available for purchase. Visit our online store for credit card orders. If you prefer to order by mail and send a check, download this order form.

Mock Trial Resources

The following organizations provide resources for mock trial preparation and competition. Commercial products and alternative competitions are not endorsed by the Tennessee Bar Association and are included only to make participants aware of their availability without any recommendation as to the value of the service or the necessity or advisability of using them to prepare for the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition.

ABA Mock Trial Resources
Offers a range of sample mock trial cases for use with elementary and middle school students.

ABA Guide to Hosting a Mock Trial Competition
Offers information on how to host a successful mock trial, including information on the types of mock trials, tips on preparing and conducting the trial and guidelines for competitions.

Brandeis University Mock Trial Boot Camp
Offers an opportunity to work with lawyers and judges to improve mock trial skills and gain a deeper appreciation of the trial process. Program highlights include visits to top Boston-area law firms, one-on-one trial prep with area lawyers, and a final trial where students put their skills to the test. The 2015 program will be held July 19-25.

Class Brain Mock Trial Resources
Offers mock trial guides, sample cases and lesson plans for incorporating mock trials into classroom work.

Empire Mock Trial
Hosts three high school mock trial programs -- in Atlanta, New York City and San Francisco -- to help students hone their trial skills. Connect with the group on Facebook; follow news on Twitter; or check out photos from past competitions on Instagram.

Harvard Mock Trial Training
Offers students a series of interactive lectures, breakout sessions where teams work with a member of Harvard Mock Trial to develop a case, write questions and statements, and prepare for a scrimmage at the end of the program. Visit the group's website or connect on Facebook.

Learning for Life: Law & Government Career Exploring
Offers resources for students interested in law and government.

May It Please the Court (PDF file)
Mock trial tutorial offered as both a DVD and print publication sold by the State Bar of Georgia's mock trial program.

Mock Trial Academy
This organization offers training and instruction for high school students who want to enhance their mock trial skills during a fall weekend event in the Chicago area. The group also will hit the road and bring customize seminars to schools, groups of schools, or groups of students based on educational interests and needs. Visit the group's website.

Providence Foundation: Academy of Law and Leadership
Offers a summer program that teaches students presentation skills, critical thinking, and trial process at the University of Denver.

Providence Foundation: The Providence Cup
Sponsors a two-day mock trial tournament in Denver, Colorado, for high school teams.

Street Law Mock Trial Resources
Provides sample mock trial cases and lesson plans for teachers of 8-12th grade students.

UCLA Mock Trial Institute
Offers a week-long program for mock trial students to expand their knowledge base, explore college and career options, boost self-confidence and hone powers of persuasion.

University of Maryland Young Scholars Program
Offering a three-week mock trial program for high school students in July 2015.

University of Minnesota Law School's Mock Trial Scholars Program
Offers high school students an opportunity to practice and improve their trial advocacy skills, while providing a taste of life as a college student. During the day, students learn from members of the law school faculty and mock trial team members. In the evening, participants work with law students, eat in the dining hall and sleep in dorms.

Yale Mock Trial Association Bulldog Invitational
Hosts an annual mock trial competition and workshops for high school students in November.

YMCA National Judicial Competition
Hosts an annual mock trial and appellate competition for teens interested in government.

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Past Competitions

Mock Trial Program History

2016 Mock Trial Results

2015 Mock Trial Results

2014 Mock Trial Results

2013 Mock Trial Results

2012 Mock Trial Results

2011 Mock Trial Results

2010 Mock Trial Results

2009 Mock Trial Results

2008 Mock Trial Results

2007 Mock Trial Results

2006 Mock Trial Results

2005 Mock Trial Results

2004 Mock Trial Results

2003 Mock Trial Results

2002 Mock Trial Results

2001 Mock Trial Results

Questions, More Information

Kristen Corn, Chair
Tennessee State High School
Mock Trial Committee
City of Franklin
109 3rd Avenue South
FranklinTN 37064
(615) 550-6603

Rob Sands, Vice Chair
Tennessee State High School
Mock Trial Committee
Dix & Associates PLLC
805 S. Church Street, Suite 18
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 494-4941

Lauren Hopper Lee,  State Mock Trial Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue, North
Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 383-7421
FAX: (615) 297-8058