Mock Trial

The Michigan Center for Civic Education and the State Bar of Michigan Present the:

2018 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament

February 24 - Washtenaw County Regional, Ann Arbor
March 3 - Macomb County Regional, Mt. Clemens
March 10 - Oakland County Regional. Pontiac
March 17 - Kent County Regional, Grand Rapids
March 24 - State Finals. Lansing

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Mock Trial Season! 

This years’ case is a criminal action involving whether the defendant’s exercising freedom of speech and expression was actually criminal inciting to riot and whether the passionate defendant crossed the line from activist to arsonist.  


How Does the Competition Work?

Teams of 6-10 students present arguments before panels of judges. 

One judge presides over the trial, while the rest sit as the jury.

A series of regional tournaments are available with top finishers qualifying for state finals. The state champion qualifies to compete at the national invitational.

A full packet of rules and details are provided to teams. 


How Do I Prepare My Team?

Mock Trial clinics are available for students and coaches to learn more about Mock Trial. The clinics will be a day of sessions with experienced attorneys and tournament judges covering basic trial techniques.  Clinic registration is not included in the basic tournament registration fee, and clinic participation is not required for competition.

December 14 will be our traditional clinic held at the Hall of Justice and the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center in Lansing, Michigan.

Teams receive tournament rules and case materials via email.

Teachers are welcome to invite community coaches to aid in the development of their team. Previous students, attorney coaches, legal experts, and others with insight into the material are permitted to aid and assist. Teachers themselves need not be legal experts. Teams should make their own contacts with attorney coaches by calling on parents and other community members or by contacting a local bar association. If you need assistance finding an attorney coach, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



The 2018 regional competitions will take place on the following dates (locations rotate based on availability):

February 24; Washtenaw County Regional, Ann Arbor

March 3; Macomb County Regional, Mt. Clemens

March 10; Oakland County Regional. Pontiac

March 17; Kent County Regional, Grand Rapids

The top 10 teams will compete in the State Finals on March 24, 2018 in Lansing.

The state champions will be eligible to compete in the National Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13, 2018. More information on the national invitational can be found at 


Registration and Entry Information

Schools may register multiple teams at $250 per team.

Beginning November 1, 2017, case materials will be released to registered and paid teams. The website should be live no later than October 30, 2017, for registration. 

Complete and return the Mock Trial Registration Form or Register Online (Links will be available asap).

Payments made online should receive their information within 48 hours of receipt of payment (likely within hours). Payments sent to the MCCE office may take up to ten (10) days to receive their materials. All materials will be sent electronically.

If mailing in your registration, enclose a check for $250 payable to Michigan Center for Civic Education. If registering online, you may pay by credit card using PayPal (there is a $10.00 per team transaction fee for a total registration amount of $260).

The tournament begins with regional competitions. Teams may select the region in which they prefer to compete; however, space is limited at regional sites, and the MCCE may assign sites based on location sites.

Registrations will be accepted until January 12, 2018.

A 50% refund of Registration fees will be available for teams withdrawing BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on January 12, 2018. Teams withdrawing after January 12, 2018, forfeit their registration fees. 

If cost is at all a hindrance to attend, please contact MCCE directly. We will work to ensure all can participate. 


We are excited you are considering joining us!


March 10 – Regional Rounds; Pontiac and Grand Rapids

March 24 – State Finals; Lansing

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