The Michigan Center for Civic Education (MCCE) designed the Mock Trial program to reenact much of what might take place in trial courts. High School students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against other schools in real courtrooms in front of real judges and lawyers. But while the students take on roles, there is no set script. As in a debate, participants must adjust to the strategies employed by the opposing side.
How does the competition work?
Teams of 6-10 students present arguments before panels of judges. Macomb County attorneys and judges critique the students’ performances; one judge presides over the trial, while the rest sit as the jury. The tournament begins with regional competitions and advancing teams compete at the State and National levels. Lutheran High North competes the first Saturday of March in Mt. Clemens at the Macomb County Court building. From 8am till 5pm, teams compete against at least 2 possibly 3 other teams throughout the course of the day.
Lutheran High North’s Mock Trial team is grateful for Attorney R. Timothy Kohler’s coaching and collaboration. If you are interested in being a part of Lutheran High North’s team or assisting the students in their preparations for the competition, please contact Ms. Natalie Haupt the school sponsor.