2018 Texas High School Mock Trial Competition

Dallas, Texas
Tuesday, August 15, 2017



Welcome to the Texas High School
 Mock Trial Competition!

Public, Private and Home School Teams from Across Texas Compete in this
Exciting Annual Advocacy Competition! 


2017 State Competition Final Four Winners

Creekview High School (Carrollton, TX)
Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
Lubbock High School (Lubbock, TX)
One Day Academy (Austin, TX)

Congratulations to Creekview High School for winning the 2017 State Championship!







Thousands of high school students from across the state participate each year in this highly motivating, energetic, and challenging academic competition! The program provides a great way for students to gain an “insider’s view” of our judicial system, plus, they gain confidence speaking in front of others and have a lot of fun at the same time.   The competition is open to all high school students - public, private and home school.   Former participants say that the benefits of preparation and participation in the mock trial program are well worth the time and effort spent. Attorneys and judges alike have been highly impressed with the caliber of the program, the students, and the sponsors.   To learn more about the history of the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition, click History. 



How does the competition work?
A team of 7-10 high school students are gathered by a team advisor - this can be a teacher, an attorney, or even student leaders; and once registered, the team will begin preparing to compete against their peers in an organized Regional Competition meet.  In October of the current school year, teams will be able to download information related to a fictional case.  Each team must learn both sides of the case study (Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense) and students must play the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a 'mock' trial.  Members work together to learn the facts of the case and create strategies for trial and then compete in local-area meets.  The Regional meets are usually held on a week/end between January 15-February 15 at a local courthouse or legal institution within the region.  The winners of these meets will then advance to the State Competition in Dallas, TX held the first weekend of March during the current school year.  The final champion team will then represent the Great State of Texas at the National High School Mock Trial Competition held in May (usually the first or second week/end).  For more information, to locate your region and/or to review case materials, please visit all of our informative website tabs above.  


How does a team get started?
A team advisor - a teacher, an attorney, or even student leaders – will need to register his or her team online and pay the registration fee by the deadline, December 15.  Early registration is encouraged even before all team members are gathered, so that current members can be ready/prepped before the case materials launch in October.  Important:  There can only be one team of 7-10 members per high school.  Therefore, if many students are interested, please have an internal competition, or try-outs, to determine who is on the Varsity team.   Also, please notify the school principal and others at the school who may be interested in starting a team of your participation, so that more than one team does not register.   Once the team is registered for the competition, teams are provided with a copy of the case materials for the year (included in the registration fee) and these contain the rules, procedures, and the case problem itself.  The case for the year is usually released each October.  Teams should secure assistance from a local attorney or judge to help with courtroom decorum and trial skills – even for one day  this is helpful!   Also, helpful materials and links are provided to new teams via this website.   

Please note:  Each team will bear its own expense to all competitions - this mainly includes transportation and food/beverage. 

The Dallas Bar Association Mock Trial Committee is responsible for the organization and administration of the statewide high school mock trial program, which was established in 1979. Each calendar year, over 150 schools across the state and approximately 2000+ students participate in this exciting advocacy competition.  In addition, there are hundreds of attorneys and judges involved in the judging of each trial of the competition.


 

Contact Information

  • Melissa Garcia
    State Coordinator 
    214-220-7484 (phone) 
    214-220-7465 (fax)



Payment Instructions

  • All Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to:

    DBA - Community Service Fund (or Texas High School Mock Trial Competition is also acceptable)
    Purchase Orders (or POs) are NOT an acceptable form of payment 

    Please Mail Payment to:
    Mock Trial 
    Attn:  State Coordinator
    2101 Ross Avenue
    Dallas, TX  75201

    *Please include a note with registrant's name/team/school or provide with a copy of the receipt along with payment.  

    You can print a copy of the Invoice/Receipt and give to your Accounts Payable/Business Office. Please ask you business office to include the name of the school on/with the check to credit payment.

    District checks must be received in our office no later than January 12; all other check or money order payments need to be received by the Dec. 15 deadline.  


    Registering after Dec. 15 is possible, but the team will incur a "late" registration fee.  It is not recommended that a team register after January 12.

    Purchase Orders (or POs) are NOT an acceptable form of payment for the competition. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the competition in order to compete.  If you are new to the competition and POs are your only option (i.e. we do not have an account set-up with you), please provide the following W-9 Form to your Accounts Payable Dept. and send any additional paperwork and/or contact the State Coordinator.  

    No Refunds of Registration Fees, but Exchanges of product are possible. 


    Shipping of Product: 
    If you have ordered DVDs, then the product will be sent to you via USPS within the week that payment is received at our office.  If you need the item(s) sooner, please send us an email along with your Fed-Ex, UPS, etc. account number with a note on how quickly.  We can also charge the express shipping to your credit card if you prefer, but please supply the number. 

    If you have ordered State Cases, then these will be emailed to the provided email address within the week that payment is received.  Though, if multiple State cases are ordered, we will burn these onto a CD/DVD and mail to you.

     

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