Mock Trial 2019-2020
September - April, 2020 (see below for dates)
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm - $500/ student + $40 MyLaw fee
for 90 hours of classroom instruction
(Ages 13-18 enrolled in high school, parents attend free)
Pre-req - Lost Tools of Writing 1 (class or seminar)
Pre-req/Co-req - Formal Logic
The RCT Legal Eagles have place in top of both Circuit 7 and the State of Maryland in the three years of its existence. Graduates of the mock trial program have gone on to pursue careers in prestigious universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and Stevenson University. They have pursued medicine, robotics, teaching, and the law. This class is for evryone who has goals to make a difference.
This course will prepare students to participate in the statewide mock trial competition conducted annually by Maryland Youth & the Law (MYLAW.org). Students will explore various topics relating to the functions of the court system of Maryland:
Lost Tools of Writing 2 writing techniques
Maryland court system structure
Difference between criminal and civil law
Critical thinking skills to analyze physical evidence and witness affidavits
Construction of sound legal arguments supporting and attacking both sides of the given case
Persuasive Writing Techniques
Opening and closing statements
Direct and cross examination questions
Rules of evidence
Students will be selected to participate in the competition as either witnesses or attorneys. Students who enroll in the course should have an interest in the criminal justice system and/ or a desire to use public speaking skills.
This is a student driven course. Students will be expected to actively participate in all aspects of the class. Not only are students members of the class, they are also members of a team. Each student will be accountable to his fellow teammates for the completion of all assigned work. Students will also take part in the presentation of simulations of court procedures. Requirements will include primary document analysis as well as position papers, written statements and questions relating to the given case.
The Mock Trial case for this year will be distributed in the fall. Competition starts in January. We are in Circuit 7 which means that we will be competing against schools in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s counties. Trials are usually between 4:00-6:00 pm during the week. The finals will start in mid-April and last for approximately two weeks. Students should plan to be in town without plans for travel from January to March (possibly April, depending on competition outcomes).
Friday Class Meeting Dates, 2-4:30pm
(24 days x 2.5 hours = 60 hours of instruction) :
September 13, 20, 2019
October 4, 18, 2019
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019
December 6, 13, 2019
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020
February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020
(March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 if necessary for finals competition)
(April 3, 17, 24, 2020 if necessary for finals competition)
January - March - Extra classes once per week at a mutually agreeable time during competition season, 1:00-3:30 pm (minimum 30 more hours of instruction)
The weeks of
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Practices may extend after this, depending on how far we go in the finals.
All materials will be given during class. There will be an additional fee assessed at the time of registration with the State as an official team.