On Friday, Feb. 22, more than 700 students representing 103 high school teams will compete in courtrooms around the state for a chance to advance to the Ohio Mock Trial state competition. Sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE), the mock trial is Ohio’s largest high school academic competition.
Each year, the OCLRE writes an original case based on a current constitutional issue designed to educate students about their rights as citizens as well as help them develop critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills. During the competition, students assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys and nearly 1,000 legal professionals serve as volunteer judges, competition coordinators and team advisors. Each team consists of five to 11 students who are required to prepare both prosecution and defense cases and participate in two trials against different teams.
Mock trial teams will battle it out in court at the following regional competition sites: Allen, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lake, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Miami, Scioto, Summit, Union and Wood. To learn more about the mock trial program and competition, click here