What is Mock Trial? Essentially, Mock Trial is more or less what it sounds like: High school students form a team and act out a civil or criminal trial by arguing for either the prosecution/plaintiff or defense side against another High School team, which acts as the opposing side. The NYS bar association creates a fictional case every year, and provides the teams with all the appropriate information they need to prepare and try the case, including witness statements, evidence and all the rules. Students then work with their team to develop cases for both the prosecution and defense sides; at competition time, they will have to be prepared to present both arguments. Each side will appoint students who will take on the roles of trial attorneys or witnesses. They will plan opening statements, direct examination questions, and closing arguments. But students must also be ready to respond and make changes based on how the other side develops its case. For example, cross examination questions need to be based on what was said during the direct examination. This is a fun, challenging way to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills. But best of all, you get to ARGUE! To find out more, please reach out to Maureen Massaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.