Mock Trial is a form of competitive debate that simulates a trial. Each team is made up of 6-10 members who serve as lawyers and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil trial. Mock Trial teaches students about legal practices, gives them experience speaking in public, and improves critical thinking.
The American Mock Trial Association hosts the competition. They create a hypothetical case that includes witness statements, evidence, and affidavits. From that information, the students craft their arguments. AMTA hosts 25 regional tournaments, eight opening round championship tournaments and a national championship tournament each season. Almost 600 teams from more than 350 schools compete in the event each year.