The Mock Trial Clinic

Welcome to Mock Trial!  


Couldn’t join us at the clinic? Let us take the clinic slides to you. Thank you to Kathy Purnell (JD, PhD)  of Justice for Our Neighbors who presented Asylum: Legal Foundations. Please review the slides here:
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  This year’s Mock Trial Clinic was held Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Hall of Justice and Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center – Lansing, MI Congratulations on choosing to advance your knowledge of the law through Mock Trial. You are joining an amazing community of civically minded, justice oriented individuals who also see to provide the skills and opportunities for meaningful civic and law related education.  MCCE and the State Bar of Michigan warmly welcome you to join us in community as we learn about Mock Trial together. This December, together with our friends at the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center and the Michigan Supreme Court, join us to learn and advance your knowledge of Mock Trial.  This daylong event will feature an outline of the Mock Trial season, evaluation of a practice case, key features of opening and closing statements, plus an introduction to witness development.  Students and coaches are invited to come and work on their courtroom skills under the guidance of experienced trial attorneys, law professors, and tournament judges. Sessions will be offered for mock trial participants both new and experienced participants. Sessions are devoted to improving mock skills such as:
  • developing a theme for case 
  • direct and cross examination
  • developing a witness
  • crafting opening and closing statements
  • objections
  • rules of evidence
  • courtroom etiquette
New!  We will feature separate sessions for Courtroom Artistry and Courtroom Journalism.  Students will work on skills needed to become courtroom drawing experts as well as journalists. Sign up below and indicate your preference to join us in these new roles! This year’s clinic will also include a tour of the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center and, if scheduling permits, a visit to the Michigan Supreme Court Chambers! For a full FAQ and explanation of the clinic, please visit here. As always, MCCE continues to update its web based information, coaching support, and resources. Please feel free to contact us so we can figure out ways to ensure all communities have equitable access to the program.  

A Day at the Clinic

Sample Michigan High School Mock Trial Clinic @ the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center 9:00am. – 3 pm.
Sample Agenda –  Agenda to be tailored to the individual needs of participants and schools 
8:30 a.m. School Arrival, Check-In, Light Refreshments, Meet and Greet 
9:00 a.m. Welcome to Mock Trial and Introductions Meet Your Sponsors:       Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center Director       The State Bar of Michigan      The Michigan Center for Civic Education      Additional Partners , Sponsors, and Volunteers Meet Each Other
9:30 a.m. Overview of Mock Trial –  Purpose, Overview, and MCCE Season at a Glance
10:00 a.m. Seeing the Big Picture –  Developing a Theory and Theme 
10:40 a.m. Small Group Processing –  Seeing the Big Picture – Developing a Theory and Theme 
11:10 a.m. Break and Move into Breakout Sessions Breakout Groups (depending on number of entries): 
  • Legal Teams 
  • Courtroom Artistry & Illustration
  • Courtroom Journalism & Reporting 
  • Coaches
  • Middle School Specialty 
11:30 p.m. Opening Statement and Closing Arguments
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:40 p.m. Direct Examinations and Cross-Examinations  Attorney and Witness Approaches
1:15 p.m. Rules of Evidence 
1:45 p.m. Objections Game
2:20 p.m. Tour of Michigan Supreme Court
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Registration and Payment


All attendees must register and pay the $10 registration fee. Lunch and learning materials will be provided. Please communicate any food or accessibility accommodations required. A PDF of the registration may be dowloaded here and emailed to MCCE. Registration Deadline: UPDATED. DECEMBER 3, 2019
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You can pay online via our store (link below registration form) or by check. If you are paying Online, please click on the product link below and add the appropriate number of participants before checking out. Please consider offsetting the administrative costs if the means are available to you. Thank You! [product id="850"] Please make checks payable to the Michigan Center for Civic Education and return to: Michigan Center for Civic Education, Attn: Mock Trial Clinic, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933 Student teams must be accompanied by a school authorized adult.

Looking forward to learning together!