Tennessee High School Mock Trial

A public service project of the TBA's Young Lawyers Division

2020 Competition

Preparation for the 2020 State High School Mock Trial competition, which will take place March 20-21 in Nashville, is now underway. Tweet about Mock Trial 2020 using the hashtag #tnmock20. 

2020 Mock Trial Case Material

District Maps

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General Information

2020 Competition
Save the date for the 2020 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition March 20-21, 2020, in Nashville. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the 2020 National Competition in Evansville, Indiana, on May 6-9, 2020. 

Map of Competition Districts
The state is divided into 14 districts. 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

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.

ABA Guide to Hosting a Mock Trial Competition
Offers information on how to host a successful mock trial, including information on the types of mock trials, tips on preparing and conducting the trial and guidelines for competitions.

Brandeis University Mock Trial Boot Camp
Offers an opportunity to work with lawyers and judges to improve mock trial skills and gain a deeper appreciation of the trial process. Program highlights include visits to top Boston-area law firms, one-on-one trial prep with area lawyers, and a final trial where students put their skills to the test. The 2015 program will be held July 19-25.

Class Brain Mock Trial Resources

Offers mock trial guides, sample cases and lesson plans for incorporating mock trials into classroom work.

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.

Providence Foundation: Academy of Law and Leadership

Offers a summer program that teaches students presentation skills, critical thinking, and trial process at the University of Denver.

Providence Foundation: The Providence Cup

Sponsors a two-day mock trial tournament in Denver, Colorado, for high school teams.

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.

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.

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