Mock Trial

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

Present the

2017 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament

February 25 - Kent County Regional, Grand Rapids
March 4 - Macomb County Regional, Mt. Clemens
March 11 - Oakland County Regional. Pontiac
March 18 - Washtenaw County Regional, Ann Arbor
March 25 - State Finals. Lansing

This year's case (civil) promises to be relevant, challenging and thought-provoking. The case topic and summary will be available soon.

 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.
  • Schools may register multiple teams at $250 per team.
  • Beginning November 1, 2016, case materials will be released to registered teams.
  • 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.
  • The regional competitions will take place on the following dates:
    • February 25; Kent County Regional, Grand Rapids
    • March 4; Macomb County Regional, Mt. Clemens
    • March 11; Oakland County Regional. Pontiac
    • March 18; Washtenaw County Regional, Ann Arbor
  • The top 10 teams will compete in the State Finals on March 25, 2016, in Lansing.
  • The state champions will be eligible to compete in the National Mock Trial Championship in Hartford,Connecticut, May 11-13, 2017.

How Do We Enter?

  • Complete and return the Mock Trial Registration Form (PDF) or Register Online.
  • 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).
  • Registrations will be accepted until January 9, 2017.
  • A 50% refund of Registration fees will be available for teams withdrawing BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2017.

How Do I Prepare My Team?

  • Teams receive tournament rules and case materials via email.
  • In addition to the teacher, teams are encouraged to work with an attorney coach. 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. .
  • A mock trial clinic for students and coaches will be held December 19 at the Hall of Justice and the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center in Lansing, Michigan.   The clinic 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.

March 10 – Regional Rounds; Pontiac and Grand Rapids

March 24 – State Finals; Lansing

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