Mock Trial Information
Mock trials are one of the several law-related and civic education programs sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education.The mock trial program is designed to introduce students to our legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. The program offers students an opportunity for personal growth and achievement, emphasizing the importance of research, presentation, and teamwork. Each year the case alternates from a criminal case to a civil case. Teams are made up of 7-10 members with 7 members competing in a round. Teams must prepare and present both sides of the case.
Lawyers from communities throughout Iowa contribute their time as coaches and judges at tournaments. Attorneys assisting our teams are Jim Haberkorn and Carl Peterson. Judges from Iowa's District Courts also participate. These linkages between the schools and the legal profession show students that the community is committed to their educational success.
Last year, more than 1,600 high school students from across Iowa participated. The tournament includes students from social studies courses, TAG programs, at-risk classes, and extracurricular mock trial clubs. This year's state champion will receive a new case after Iowa's competition is completed and they will represent Iowa at the National Finals to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Iowa has the largest participation in middle school and high school in the nation. Central Lyon began back in the fall of 1990 with one middle school team.