Welcome to the Santa Clara County State High School Mock Trial Program! The Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Bar Association are proud to provide a unique opportunity for high school students to learn what it is like to prepare and present a legal case before the court.
Students who participate in Mock Trial engage in authentic learning experiences that lead to essential life skills, including, but not limited to:
2016 Mock Trial InvitationalJanuary 16, 2016
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is hosting the Mock Trial Invitational again this each year. Mock Trial Invitational is a student event that allows Santa Clara teams to compete against an equal number of out-of-county teams. The Invitational offers a chance for Mock Trial teams to practice their trial statements, arguments and examinations, and receive feedback from experienced attorney judges. Teams can argue a mock trial case without previewing teams against whom they will compete in the county-level trials. Each team will perform two trials, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, allowing students to practice as both the prosecution and defense.
In addition to the trial cases, the invitational is an opportunity for student courtroom artists and journalists to practice their craft during the trial sessions, as well. Students can take their work back to their schools for critcal feedback.The Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 8:30AM to 4:00PM at the SCCOE offices in San Jose, CA. Participation fee is $30.00 per person including students, coaches, parents, observers, and judges. We require each team to supply an attorney judge who will score other teams’ performances. Lunch will be provided.
Team coaches should click the link below to register for the Invitational. Space is limited to first come first paid basis. Contact Christina Arpante at AcademicEvents@sccoe.org with with questions/comments.
Click to Register
Out of County Registrants:Read through the entire registration before submitting.
Melissa Christie Director, Curriculum & Instruction (408) 453-6632
Christina Arpante, Ed.D. Coordinator, ELA & Literacy (408) 453-6521
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2015-2016 Santa Clara SeasonPeople vs. Hayes
Courtroom Artist and Journalist Competition
Click HERE to RegisterDeadline artist & journalist registration - January 29, 2016Rubrics are available for download below.
We salute and congratulate the winners of the 2015 Mock Trial Competition.County Champion
Prospect High SchoolFinalistsSt. Francis
Semi FinalistsArchbishop Mitty
Lincoln High SchoolQuarter FinalistsHenry T. Gunderson High SchooLLos Gatos High SchoolLos Altos High SchoolAnn Sobrato High SchoolWillow Glen High SchoolCourtroom Artist
WinnerKatherine Liu, Saratoga High SchoolRunner-UpGabriel Orozco, Downtown College Prep High SchoolCourtroom Journalist Cassidy Ross - Gunderson High School