Mock Trial is one of few extracurricular activities that is an actual play-by-play simulation of a real-world scenario. From top to bottom, it’s a complete reenactment of a court case within a real court room and mimics the many facets that make up the legal system.
The judge in the mock case is a real judge and he or she is instructed to run the trial with all the strict procedures of time that govern his or her real job. While not as popular as other high school extracurricular activities, Mock Trial is great way for any aspiring law students to get an early sneak peak into what a day-in-the-life is like and also get invaluable practice with public speaking and case research.
Just like with an actual court proceeding, Mock Trial will have a prosecuting side and a defending side to each case. While most of the actual case material is scripted, there is a little bit of room for improvisation. This is where with the proper research on proper cases from past trials could help increase a participant’s score. For the most part, the case has already been decided so winning the case it not really the primary objective of the simulation. Rather, it’s the participant’s handle of the legal procedures surrounding their case and the delivery of its material that will aid a participant’s score. In this sense, Mock Trial is one of the few extracurricular activities that is almost completely scored on one’s delivery in public speaking and how they can convey their point within a certain confine.
Just like with all the other extracurricular activities, Mock Trial has awards that are given out at the end of the simulation. As there are mock trials happening at the same time, the highest scorer for their respective positions will get an award. From prosecutor to defender to bailiff to time-keeper, there are specific awards for each position in Mock Trial. For those looking to go into the field of law, Mock Trial is one of the few ways to get a sneak peak into one specific branch of it. In addition, advancing from local and national levels is a good way to boost a college application resume. With an award from a conference added, Mock Trial could be the key differentiator in an applicant’s profile, especially for any applicants interested in pre-law.
In the grand scheme of extracurricular activities, Mock Trial is one of the niche ones that presents value on a professional level to students. Along with just being a great way to boost a college admission portfolio, Mock Trial helps boost a student’s public speaking ability when it comes to the delivery aspect. Above all, getting feedback from a actual federal judge will provide invaluable insights to a student. Real professional advice coupled with speaking practice is what makes Mock Trial a great activity to explore for students and a way to get introduced into a possible career.