2021 Competition Announcement

The Mock Trial Committee is excited to announce that after much planning and deliberation, we WILL be having our Mock Trial competition for the 2020-2021 school year!  Many of you participated in the survey that was sent to teams and coaches, and we appreciate all of your thoughtful feedback as to how we can make this year’s competition as meaningful and as safe as possible for all involved.  We received a lot of good (and often conflicting!) responses as to what your teams would be able to do and would like to do this year.
In light of the fact that many teams do not anticipate being allowed to travel during the school year and/ or meet remotely, the constantly changing availability of courtrooms, and sudden quarantine requirements that we find ourselves facing almost daily, the Mock Trial Committee has determined that if we are going to be able to host a Mock Trial tournament this year that it will have to become a virtual tournament.   
As with most decisions being made right now, there is no way to make a decision that meets everyone’s needs and pleases everyone.  It is our hope that our wonderful Mock Trial community will appreciate the limitations on what we’re able to offer and do what our legal community has had to do over the last eight months – learn to be VERY flexible and adapt!  Even the least technologically-savvy lawyers among us have found ourselves taking depositions virtually and trying cases over Zoom.  It’s certainly been a steep learning curve, but we’re confident that our Mock Trial teams will rise to the occasion.
Because this new Mock Trial world we find ourselves navigating will require some detailed and thoughtful planning, we are working on finalizing the format rules and procedures.  We plan to release the problem, along with the new format rules and procedures, on or before November 13, 2020.  We’re excited to get started on preparing for our inaugural virtual Mock Trial Competition, and we hope to see all of your faces joining us this year!

General Information

2021 Competition
The virtual TN State Mock Trial competition will take place the week of March 15-21, 2021. 

Grant Opportunities for Teams

Map of Competition Districts
The state is divided into 14 districts. 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 a list of districts or a map of the districts.

Structure of Competition Rounds
Learn more about the structure of trial rounds here.

District Qualifiers  If your team has won the District competition and is going to compete at the TN State Mock Trial Competition, please visit this site for more information and team forms. 

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:

  • Mock Trial District Map
  • Mock Trial District List

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.