Mock trials introduce students to law and the legal system.
There are fake cases that students act out to prove the defense or plaintiff right or wrong, similar to a real court case. You can either be a witness or an attorney in a mock trial.
As an attorney, you ask witnesses questions and make opening or closing statements.
As a witness, you answer questions asked by the attorney as if you are a person who actually saw the event.
The first step to a mock trial are the opening statements from each side. Next, an attorney does a direct examination of a witness, and an attorney from the other side does a cross examination of that witness. This goes back and forth between both sides until they rest. At the end of the trial, both sides do a closing statement and a winner is declared.
In some trials, all the teams compete and the top two teams move on to the final trial to determine a winner. A mock trial is an interesting activity that encourages students everywhere to get involved with law later in life.
Clara Villani’s newspaper club, Brother Joseph C. Fox Latin School, Kellenberg, Uniondale