2024 Mock Trial Camp

Mock trial camp is a three day, intense, academic experience. Students are placed on teams with a team captain. Roles on the team will be distributed evenly (meaning that students try out being both an attorney and a witness) and team captains are chosen. Less experienced students are taught how to do mock trial by staff, team captains, and more experienced students.

Starting after lunch on day two, each team will go to trial 3 times. For the fourth trial, top performing students will be put into new teams in roles they haven't yet competed in during the camp for a final "Adapt or Die" trial. To conclude, top teams will be awarded and top competitors will be awarded. 

Registration Info

Registration is Open Through July 22, 2024
(Or Until Slots Are Filled)

Cost: $100/student

Who Can Participate?: Anyone registered for a debate or constitution and moot court class, or anyone who is going into 8-12 grade

Available Slots: We can accept up to 96 students

Details

Dates: August 6-8, 2024

Location: 2248 Cedar Fort Drive, Eagle Mountain

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Each Day

Lunches: Provided (accommodations for food allergies available)

Directed By: Sam Martineau

Important Teams Info

Case Materials Released and Team Captains Chosen: July 22, 2024

Teams Assigned: July 29 (but role assignments will not be allowed to be made until camp starts)

About Mock Trial

Mock trial is a simulated courtroom experience in which students play the part of attorneys and witnesses. The case is based on a set of case materials which includes charges, witness affidavits, and evidence.

Mock trial is governed by the rules of evidence used in real courtrooms as well as special rules pertaining to mock trial. Students prepare opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing statements. It is not scripted, and students have to come up with material to be presented in court themselves.

Mock trial is an excellent introduction into the American legal system. It is also a challenging academic exercise in public speaking, argument, and critical thinking.

Finally, mock trial is a great social experience as students get to work on teams in a competitive, but fun environment. The State of Utah puts on an annual mock trial competition in which teams compete and the winner of which is invited to the national mock trial tournament.