2019 Texas High School Mock Trial Competition

Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 15, 2018


1.     How does the competition work?

Students are given the rules of the competition, and a set of facts in the form of six witness statements. These statements (which always have humorous edge to them) leave room for ambiguity so that the two sides of a case are closely balanced.  From these materials the students conduct a trial before a judge that lasts slightly less than two hours. The trial has all usual components: opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses.  Each team will compete in at least once on each side (prosecution/plaintiff or defense) during the tournament.


2.     How many students need to be on the team?

Ideally ten—three attorneys, six witnesses, and a timekeeper.  You can have as few as six—three attorneys, and the three witnesses play two roles instead of one, and then, you would utilize your opponent’s timekeeper.  We recommend a minimum of 7 on the team (includes timekeeper)


3.     I don’t know anything about how to conduct a trial. Who could help me and my team?

It will be helpful to locate an attorney to help ‘coach’ or advise – it is not the same as LA Law & etc.   It is highly probable that we would be able to locate a local attorney for you to assist your team as well (or at least give you a few ideas or where to locate one.)  We provide guidelines for the attorney advisors & teacher-coaches.  <–Click on each for more information.  Finally, it might be beneficial to order copies of past DVDs or case studies of our other State championship competitions, so you can see how the best teams compete – look under Case Materials tab for more details about these!


4.     So this competition is mainly for students who are interested in becoming lawyers?

Absolutely not!  This competition is excellent for any student who wishes to improve his or her ability to analyze facts and present a compelling argument, improve public speaking skills and the ability to think on one’s feet, and to improve his or her overall self-confidence. On a typical team only three of the students compete as lawyers. Six of the other students compete as witnesses and in effect play a role–much like a drama production, except that what the student says is unscripted, and that often makes things very interesting, and gives the students more creative running room.  Therefore, this competition is great for students with all types of backgrounds.


5.    In addition to an exceptional educational and confidence building experience, what will my students get out of this competition?

Teams who progress to the State competition (and also in some regional tournaments) that place within the top four are awarded scholarship monies for higher education.  Also, there are awards given to students that portray the best student attorneys and the best student witnesses (critiqued by the judges).  At the State level, we honor the ‘most professional’ team with the Judy Yarbro Team Professionalism Award (an engraved 3 ft. wooden gavel).  It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award as the winner is determined by all of the teams in attendance at the competition.


6.     What is the deadline to sign up for this competition, and what is the sign-up fee?

Registration ends on December 15. The team registration fee is $175. If your school is unable to pay the fee, you may wish to ask the PTA, your school’s Academic Booster Club, or local lawyers to see if they could sponsor the team.

7.     What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee of $175 covers the competing team’s entry into the competition as well as the case materials needed to compete (i.e. case study, rules, etc.)


8.     What is the date of the competition, and where will it be held?

The competition will be held in your region sometime between Jan. 15-Feb. 15 of the current school year.  Please see the Calendar/Region tab on this website for any updates as they become available.  If the date is not listed and you would like to contact your Regional Coordinator to find out the exact date–or any additional information pertaining to the ‘regional’ level tournament–please see their contact information on this webpage as well.


9.     What region am I in? Who is my regional coordinator?  

Click Here


10.  When are the Case Materials available?

The Case Materials will be made available on our website each October 1st. We post the case materials on our website for download instead of emailing or mailing you a copy.  This is a lot less strain on everyone’s computers systems, provides immediate access and saves paper.


11.  Who judges the students?

Practicing local judges and attorneys. There are usually three judges in each round of the competition.  See Case Materials rules for details and judging criteria.


12.  What happens if my team wins the regional finals?

You (or the regional coordinator) will notify the State coordinator ASAP, and the team would compete at the State Finals in Dallas, TX in March.  The state coordinator will send you a packet of info about hotel accommodations, schedule, etc.


13.  What is the State Office Fax #?



14.  Who do I contact for questions about the case or program?

When you have questions about the case, check the “The Competition” tab and go to the Case Materials section under the “Case Clarifications” document as we may have already answered it.  Otherwise, please email your question to the State Coordinator at TXHSMockTrial@dallasbar.org.



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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