Mock Trial Academy

high school academic summer camp for future trial lawyers

Mock Trial Academy Summer Camp and Weekend Seminars

At Mock Trial Academy, high school students get expert instruction from some of the most knowledgeable Mock Trial minds in the country. Students immediately apply what they learn as they prepare a fictitious case that was previously used in college Mock Trial competition.

Mock Trial Academy students spend their days learning about various aspects of trial advocacy and implementing these techniques in small group sections as they prepare every aspect of the case for trial. Students learn the principles and the finer points of each stage of a trial, including opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing arguments, objections, courtroom procedures and trial strategy.

Each Mock Trial Academy student is placed on a team. At the end of the conference, these teams face each other in mock trials. The division of students into small group sections and teams is based on the students' level of applicable experience, i.e. high school Mock Trial, debate, speech, etc. Both students with and without high school Mock Trial experience are encouraged to apply for enrollment.

Some of the most talented college Mock Trial students in the country will be assigned to each one of these groups as teaching assistants. They, along with the faculty and guest speakers, will work with the students to prepare them for their final trials. The teaching assistant to student ratio will be a maximum of 1:8.

During the conference, students will get a glimpse of college life as they stay in dorms, eat in the cafeteria and learn in university classrooms and lecture halls. Students will be under the watchful eye of responsible Mock Trial Academy staff 24 hours a day.

Students will also participate in numerous field trips and social events which may include visits to Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue, Northwestern University School of Law, a downtown Chicago law firm, a courthouse and others. There will also be social events where the students will have the opportunity to foster friendships outside of the classroom. The social events may include a movie night, karaoke night, Whirlyball (a Chicago favorite, combining basketball, lacrosse, and bumper cars) and more.

Mock Trial Academy staff will supervise field trips and social events. Emergency medical care is also available 24 hours a day for students, however Mock Trial Academy does not cover medical costs.

Mock Trial Academy is a unique experience because it is taught and administered by lawyers and teachers who have been involved with college Mock Trial for years. If you are interested in developing or improving your trial advocacy and public speaking skills in an effort to get a head start on college or your career, Mock Trial Academy is the place to go.

Mock Trial Academy is endorsed by American Mock Trial Association