The Minnesota Mock Trial Program provides an innovative way to (1) help students develop a practical understanding of the American legal system, (2) improve basic skills such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning, (3) strengthen students' intellectual skills of critical thinking and oral advocacy, (4) encourage cooperation among the legal and educational communities and (5) increase students' understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens. The program is open to interested students in grades 7-12.
Competitions this year are a combination of virtual and in-person. Rounds 1-2 are in person and rounds 3-4 are virtual with rounds 5 and state in person again. Also, we have captains' practices on Wednesday nights from 5-7 p.m. at school.
Practices are generally after school, 2-3 times each week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays. We do 4-5 scrimmages a season and have a varsity and a JV/Novice team. Competitions are held at the Hennepin County Government Center, during the evening on a weeknight, with the team participating in at least four, depending on win/loss record followed by a week of sub-regionals and then the state competition.
2022 - 2023 Roster
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The case comes out over MEA break and we meet 2-3 times in October to work over the case, to assign parts, and to lay out the season.
The case work begins in November and runs through most of the month of January, with the potential of going into February for regionals. State is held in March.
State Participant 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018
State Placement 2018 - 5th place
State Placement 2019 - 4th place
No State in 2020 State Placement 2021 - 8th place (Virtual)
State Placement 2022 - 8th place (Virtual)
Individual State Award Winner
- Jilllian Petty '23
- Suzy Haakanson '22
- Ronan Brew, '20
- Spencer Krelitz, '20
- Julia Duda, '18
Suzy Haakanson and Jillian Petty