OCLRE’s high school Ohio Mock Trial competition begins March 7

On March 7, more than 200 high school students representing 21 schools from across Ohio will gather in Columbus to vie for the title of state champions of the 30th annual Ohio Mock Trial competition. The three-day competition will culminate with a final round at the Statehouse on March 9. To advance to the state championship competition, students will have had to win both their district and regional competitions, which were held at more than 50 locations throughout the state. 

Ohio Mock Trial is sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCRLE) and is Ohio’s largest high school academic competition. More than 3,500 students participate.

Mock trial teams from the following high schools have advanced from district and regional competitions to compete at the state level:

  • Archbishop Hoban (Summit County);
  • Ashland (Richland County);
  • Danville (Knox County);
  • Delaware Hayes (Delaware County);
  • Indian Hill (Hamilton County);
  • Lexington (Richland County);
  • Marysville (Union County);
  • Nordonia (Summit County);
  • Oak Hills (Hamilton County);
  • Orange (Cuyahoga County);
  • Pickerington Central (Fairfield County);
  • Portsmouth (Scioto County);
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary (Summit County);
  • St. Xavier (Hamilton County);
  • Springfield High School (Clark County);
  • Summit Country Day (Hamilton County);
  • Sylvania Southview (Lucas County);
  • Upper Arlington (Franklin County);
  • Westerville North (Franklin County); and
  • West Jefferson (Madison County).
The non-school affiliated team, Olivia Davidson Washington Mock Trial Club (Athens County), also advanced to the state competition.

In this year’s case, students analyze an individual’s rights under the Fifth Amendment regarding improper confessions. Each year, OCLRE writes an original case based on a current constitutional issue. The case is designed to educate students about their rights as citizens and to help them develop critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills. During the competition, students assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys. More than 1,000 legal professionals serve as volunteer judges and team advisors. Each team consists of between five and 11 students who are required to prepare both prosecution and defense cases and to participate in two trials against different teams.

The championship team will represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship May 9-11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Ohio Mock Trial competition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.



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