High School Mock Trial

The High School Mock Trial Program is a hands-on exercise in learning about due process. It is most often conducted as an extracurricular activity but can also be incorporated into law, forensics or public speaking classes. Public schools, private schools, and home school groups are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The goal of Mock Trial is to educate students about the basis of our American judicial system and the mechanics of litigation. Through participation in the Mock Trial program, students will increase basic skills such as listening, speaking, writing, reading, critical thinking and problem analysis.

Each participating school enters a team sponsored by a teacher volunteer that is composed of between seven and 18 students. Teams try each year's fictitious case against other teams at regional competitions in February. The top 12 teams compete at the state championship in March. The South Carolina Bar High School Mock Trial champion represents South Carolina at the National High School Mock Trial Championship Inc. in May. That competition rotates to a different state each year. The South Carolina Bar provides funding to support the winning team's trip to the national competition. All participants are encouraged to keep in mind that the goal of the mock trial program is not to win for the sake of winning, but to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship in a democracy through participation in our system of law and justice.

Beyond Mock Trial Lettering in Mock Trial 
Case Materials National High School Mock Trial
Coaches Manual for Attorneys and Teachers Overview Handout of High School Mock Trial
Correlations to the Standards Past Champions
Competitions Press Releases
      Dates Prior High School Mock Trial Cases 
      Directions Registration for Competition  NEW 2013-14 Season
      Locations Resources
      2014 Results (Regional) Rules
      2014 Results (State)        Competition - 2014
Courtroom Sketch Artist Competition and Results        Modified Rules of Evidence - 2014
Courtroom Journalist Competition and Results Team Participation
Discussion Forum Testimonials
Effectiveness/Incentives Training Dates and Webinar Access for Coaches
Forms Videos for Coaches and Students
Handbook (Rules and Resources) Questions???
Important Program Dates Volunteers (Attorney)
To request more information or to register for a training, please see the 2014 Training Catalog, or contact the LRE Division at 803-252-5139 or email