Mock Trial

Course Number: G Block 250g/251g

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Pending Approval: College Preparatory Elective “G” Requirement

Course Description:
This course is designed to help students understand the mechanisms and principles of the American justice system, which affects all citizens and residents. Using landmark Supreme Court cases, students will learn various topics pertaining to legal principles and practices, constitutional law, legal concepts and terminology, courtroom procedures, understanding of law enforcement, judiciary procedures and interpretation and enforcement of laws. Additionally, emphasis is placed on the applications of principles through the process of role-playing in the various situations one may encounter pertaining to the justice system and trials.

Note: Enrollment in this course is separate from participation on the Mock Trial team. Students interested in joining the Mock Trial team will need to try out for the team.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Lubet, Steven, and Jill Koster. Mock Trials: Preparing, Presenting, and Winning Your Case. National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2001. ISBN:  978-1556817137

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes