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Montana High School Mock Trial

 

2024 Mock Trial Competition

Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, 2024

The State Bar of Montana recently hosted the fifth annual Montana High School Mock Trial competition in Helena on March 15 and 16, 2024. Seven teams from high schools across the state took part, and Helena High Team 2 emerged as the winners of the competition, taking home the much-coveted trophy!

Thank you!

Thank you to the Court House, Judges, Attorneys, and Security who helped make this event possible. You have made an investment in the legal field of the future.

Interested in Next Year's Competition? 

Preregister your team today by emailing mocktrial@montanabar.org, and we will contact you when official registration is open. Make sure your email includes:

  • Name of School
  • Number of teams you will register
  • Name, email and phone number of team contact

Registration fee will be $200 per team. If a school has 3 teams, for example, the total registration fee is $600.

Reduced or waived fees

If your team needs assistance paying the registration fee, please contact us at mocktrial@montanabar.org.

About

The Montana High School Mock Trial Program was established in 2019 by the Trustees of the State Bar of Montana, and the first statewide competition was held at the Montana Capitol Building in March 2020.

Through participation in the Montana High School Mock Trial Competition, students from all over Montana have a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues, engage with local attorneys and the judicial branch of government, and develop important critical thinking, presentation, public speaking, and teamwork skills.

Students play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, timekeepers, and courtroom artists (optional).  Students prepare both sides of the case.  A student may be an attorney for one side and a witness for the other, or an attorney for both sides, or a witness for both sides.  Timekeepers keep the competition rounds on schedule.  Courtroom artists provide a visual record of the proceedings.

‚ÄčTeachers help recruit team members, handle team logistics, assist with fundraising, and partner with attorney coaches to prepare students for the competition.

Attorneys, Judges, Paralegals and Law Students provide a lawyer's perspective on the case materials and work with the teams to learn trial practice skills and develop trial strategies.  Legal professionals also volunteer as competition judges.