More than 25 high school teams will travel to the George Allen Courthouse in Dallas March 1-2 for the 40th annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition, organized by the Dallas Bar Association. Students will argue a hypothetical criminal court case, culminating in a final championship round on Saturday.
The case was written by local attorneys and involves students representing nearly 200 Texas school districts. Throughout the tournament, more than 1,000 Dallas-area attorneys and judges volunteer as clinic instructors, as well as attorney advisers and competition judges.
The mock trial, which is designed to teach students how the justice system works and how the law is applied in everyday life, involves critical thinking exercises and quick analysis through preparation and presentation.
In the competition, students portray plaintiffs, defense attorneys, and witnesses. Dallas judges and attorneys play the role of jurors and choose the teams that are best prepared and who demonstrate exceptional presentation skills. The winner of the competition moves on to the 2019 National Mock Trial Competition in Athens, Georgia, May 16-19.
Competition times and location:
- George Allen Courthouse (600 Commerce St., Dallas 75202)
- Rounds 1-4: Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
- Round 4: Saturday, March 2, 1:30 p.m.
- Semi-final round, Saturday, March 2, 1:30 p.m.
- Final round, Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m.
The Dallas area teams:
- Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, Dallas
- Booker T. Washington High School, Dallas
- Skyline High School, Dallas
- Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas
- Creekview High School, Carrollton
- Lake Highlands High School, Richardson
- Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano
For more information, go to dallasbar.org and texashighschoolmocktrial.com.