Mock Trial is a fall/winter activity in which students simulate a real trial. Teams are provided materials from the Minnesota State Bar Association and develop a case from top to bottom.
Teams consist of attorneys, witnesses, a timekeeper and a bailiff. Teams compete against people from a different school. Teams must prepare both sides of the case (prosecution/plaintiff and defense) for every competition.
Trials are performed at Real Courthouses in front of Real Judges and Attorneys. Last season, our team argued in front of some of the top judges in the state of Minnesota, including Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug.
No, Mock Trial is a great activity for people of a wide variety of interests such as acting, public speaking, debate, and law.
Being a witness in a mock trial is acting. As a witness, you learn a script and portray a character. Mock trial is especially effective at developing Improv and Method Acting skills.
The AVHS Mock Trial team is one of the top teams in the Nation. We placed in the Top Ten at 7 National Tournaments since 2019, and have placed in the top 3 at State in 4 of the past 5 seasons.
Members of the AVHS Mock Trial team have won over 240 individual awards in the past 7 years, including 16 All-State and 15 National Awards (more than any other team in the state).
You can do Mock Trial in addition to most other activities. Mock trial participants have successfully participated in all of the following activities:
The only activities where scheduling conflicts are difficult to overcome are winter sports.
The Minnesota Mock Trial season for all members runs from Mid-October through the End of January. Members of the Varsity team may also qualify for State Tournament in March and Nationals in May.
The Pre-Season runs from September-October.
You do not need any experience to join the team. Depending on our numbers, we will have a Varsity Team, a JV Team, and Novice/Developmental Team(s).
Yes, historically over 90% of the team members letter in Mock Trial.
Yes. As one of the top programs in the country, we are often invited to attend national tournaments.
Yes! Just stop by any practice.
Contact Coach Eric Strauss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The AVHS Mock Trial team is one of the top teams in the Nation. We placed in the Top Ten at 5 National Tournaments since October 2019, and have advanced to the State Championship Round 3 of the past 4 seasons.
Members of the AVHS Mock Trial team have won over 200 individual awards in the past 6 years, including 14 All-State and 12 National Awards (more than any other team in the state).
The Apple Valley Mock Trial team has competed in 15 National Tournaments since 2019.