Mock Trial

What is Mock Trial? 

The Mock Trial program provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the law, court procedures, and the judicial system while also building 21 st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking, and analytical and presentation skills. Each year volunteer attorneys create an original case around a current constitutional issue important to students. Mock Trial teams work with an attorney or a judge to prepare their case – from both the prosecution/plaintiff and defense perspective. Beginning in late January, competitions at the district, regional and state levels are conducted in an actual courtroom and are scored by panels of lawyers and judges. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students are provided a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. It's a combination of public speaking, debate, and acting. 

Who can participate?

Any STVM student who has an interest in law and a little bit of acting is eligible to participate in Mock Trial. Practices generally begin in late September. Practices are usually one or two nights per week on a varying schedule. Closer to the competition, some Saturday practices are held at the Summit County Court House.

How do I learn more?

Additional information about Ohio's Mock Trial program can be found at oclre.org.

Achievements and Awards

The 2016-2017 season was very good for the STVM Mock Trial team. We won both of our trials at the district and regional competitions, which qualified us to compete in Columbus in the state competition. We were 1 of 32 teams to reach this qualification, beating out approximately 300 other teams across Ohio. After two long days of competition, the team lost in the semifinal round. We ended out state run as one of the top 4 teams in Ohio and one of the top 3 school programs. Several of our students were awarded for Outstanding Attorney or Outstanding Witness during the state competition, including Juliana Steirl, Olivia Gupta, Olivia Janolo, and Cyndee Livingston.


Coaches: Judge Amy Corrigall Jones and Judge Christine Croce, Summit County Court of Common Pleas

Advisor: Mr. Michael Maley & Ms. Pam Godshalk

Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15

Meeting Place: Room 256