2021 Registration is now open!

The Mock Trial Committee is excited to announce that registration for Mock Trial 2021 is now open for both teams and volunteers!  Because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, this year’s event will be held virtually. 

The Mock Trial Committee spent a great deal of time researching the best way to offer our mock trial community a meaningful and fun competition, and at the end of December we signed a contract with Empire Mock Trial to use their platform to host this year's competition.  We were incredibly impressed with the demonstrations and capabilities that Empire provides and we hope you will share our enthusiasm! Empire is helping design the competition schedule, staff the event and provide resources to help present the best possible virtual courtroom experience. 

For Volunteers (Members of the Judiciary, Attorneys and Law Students):

Please use this link to sign up to preside over rounds (for sitting members of the judiciary only), score rounds, provide bailiff services or assist with the Mock Trial Competition in other ways. Grand Division competitions will take place Feb. 15-27, with specific dates for each division announced on or before Feb. 1.  The State Competition will occur March 15 – 20.

For Teams:

For budgeting and organizational purposes, we are asking all teams to register on or before Jan. 15.  Teams can register using this link. Only fill in the first and last name on the registration landing page to see if you have a record in our system. If you do not currently have an account, you will be given the opportunity to create a new account on the second screen. 

Grand Division competitions will take place Feb. 15-27 with specific dates for each division announced on or before Feb. 1.  State finalists will be announced on March 1 and the State Competition will occur March 15 - 20.

Please contact svonnahme@tnbar.org with any questions.

2021 Competition Announcement

The Mock Trial Committee is excited to (re)release this year’s Mock Trial Problem for the 2021 Mock Trial Competition!  As you’ll discover, many of you may be quite familiar with our characters and the facts.  Given the many new changes with this year’s virtual competition and the differing abilities of teams to gather in person / remotely to prepare for trial, the Mock Trial Committee made the decision to give teams a second opportunity to showcase their hard work from last year to hopefully have one less “new” aspect for teams to accommodate.  We know that this year has been TOUGH, and adaptation fatigue for students, teachers, coaches - and yes, even us on the Mock Trial Committee! – is making life a challenge.  We are so grateful for all of the good attitudes and resiliency we’ve already experienced from our Mock Trial community here in Tennessee, and we are hopeful that only having to navigate the transition to virtual and not having to learn a new problem will be beneficial for those of you participating.  
We are in the processing of narrowing down the exact platform that we will use to host the Division and State competitions, and we will update you all as soon as we have those details finalized.  We continue to encourage teams to practice safe social distancing and to be sure to follow the recommended guidelines for whatever is appropriate for your school / district / personal situation to keep you safe.  Part of our incentive for keeping last year’s problem was to further enable students and coaches to practice remotely and without gathering in person, if necessary.  
So get excited, have some fun reading the Court’s Order regarding last year’s Mistrial (and unfortunate mishaps!), and get started refreshing your Mock Trial skills for this year’s competition!
 - 2021 Mock Trial Committee

General Information

2021 Competition
The virtual TN State Mock Trial competition will take place the week of March 15-20, 2021. 

Grant Opportunities for Teams
Coming soon

Map of Competition Districts
Traditionally, the state is divided into 14 districts and organized preliminary district competitions. For 2021, the 14 districts have been divided into 3 grand divisions of the State; West, Middle and East. Grand divisions will host preliminary rounds. Winners of the grand division competitions will advance to State competition. Download map of the Districts and Grand Divisions.

Structure of Competition Rounds
Coming soon 

National Competition   Tennessee’s state mock trial champion is eligible to participate in the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which is held each May. Visit the organization's website to see past winners, a sample case database and a list of state mock trial coordinators; connect with the group on Facebook; or follow it on Twitter.

Sign Up for Email Updates
To be added to the TBA’s email distribution list for competition information and case updates, sign up here

Championship Round Videos
Want to see what some of the state’s best teams look like in action? Check out past competitions on the TBA's YouTube Channel

2021 Mock Trial Case Material

Grand Division & District Maps
Download the following resources:

Donations of any amount can always be made to the Mock Trial program. Funds donated to the Mock Trial Fund account will be used to subsidize the cost of attending the state mock trial competition for lower-income or rural schools. You can donate on the online payment portal or make your checks payable to Tennessee Bar Association and note "Mock Trial Fund" in the memo line. Send checks to Tennessee Bar Association, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219. 

Sitting judges, attorneys, law students, paralegals and bailiffs are needed to volunteer for the competition. If you have any additional questions about volunteering, please email Stephanie Vonnahme, YLD and Public Education Coordinator. 

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Mock Trial Resources

The following organizations provide resources for mock trial preparation and competition. Commercial products and alternative competitions are not endorsed by the Tennessee Bar Association and are included only to make participants aware of their availability without any recommendation as to the value of the service or the necessity or advisability of using them to prepare for the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition.

ABA Mock Trial Resources
Offers a range of sample mock trial cases for use with elementary and middle school students.

Empire Mock Trial
Hosts three high school mock trial programs -- in Atlanta, New York City and San Francisco -- to help students hone their trial skills. Connect with the group on Facebook; follow news on Twitter; or check out photos from past competitions on Instagram.

Harvard Mock Trial Training
Offers students a series of interactive lectures, breakout sessions where teams work with a member of Harvard Mock Trial to develop a case, write questions and statements, and prepare for a scrimmage at the end of the program. Visit the group's website or connect on Facebook.

Learning for Life: Law & Government Career Exploring
Offers resources for students interested in law and government.

May It Please the Court (PDF file)
Mock trial tutorial offered as both a DVD and print publication sold by the State Bar of Georgia's mock trial program.

Rhodes Mock Trial
Rhodes Mock Trial is one of the nation’s most successful college programs with 8 championship final rounds and 32 consecutive appearances at the national championship tournament.  Three years ago we began holding the Mock Trial Academy for high school students.  It is a one week residential program on our campus in Memphis.  Students will get the opportunity to learn valuable trial skills and legal theory.  More information about the Academy and the application can be found on our site.  We would love to have you share this opportunity with Tennessee high school mockers.

Street Law Mock Trial Resources
Provides sample mock trial cases and lesson plans for teachers of 8-12th grade students.

UCLA Mock Trial Institute
Offers a week-long program for mock trial students to expand their knowledge base, explore college and career options, boost self-confidence and hone powers of persuasion.

Washington University School of Law online master of law program

Yale Mock Trial Association Bulldog Invitational
Hosts an annual mock trial competition and workshops for high school students in November.

YMCA National Judicial Competition
Hosts an annual mock trial and appellate competition for teens interested in government.