Mock Trials

The mock trial has proven to be an effective learning tool for elementary and secondary school students. It helps students develop useful knowledge about the law, questioning techniques, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills.  Good mock trials will also leave student participants with an appreciation of the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in attempting to present all relevant facts and legal arguments and insure the just resolution of the issues involved. (From the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois website)

Mock trials are probably the most fun and exciting part of the Kids’ Court Curriculum.  Below are some links to Mock Trials that we have acquired from several different sources.  These mock trials are integrated into the Kids’ Court Curriculum in unique ways, but they can also stand alone as a meaningful activity in any classroom.

Gold E. Lock and the Three Bears Mock Trial

Recess Mock Trial