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Celebrating 30 Years! (1986-2016)


Kim Basting
Director, Mock Trial Program
(612) 278-6306 | (800) 882-6722

Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN  55402

Mock Trial Advisory Committee

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to mock trial through the Amicus Society on  Your financial support is appreciated! 

The Minnesota High School Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related education program that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Your students will exercise their critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as the basic skills learned in the classroom.

The Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society is looking for submissions from high school juniors and seniors for its 2016 Essay contest.  Several $500 scholarships are available.  Please help us get the word out by passing this along to school teachers, administrators, or eligible students.  This year’s question is:

Explain the impact and relevance of Magna Carta and the United States Constitution on one of the following: 

  • current social movements (Black Lives Matter, etc.);
  • key court decisions (In re Gault, etc.);
  • calls for reform (Guantanamo Bay, Drones, NSA Bulk Data collection, etc.); or limited government.

The deadline for submission has been extended to January 31, 2016.  More information can be found at  

2016 Case

State of Minnesota vs. Jack(ie) Peifer
Case Clarifications (12/18/15)

Minnesota High School Mock Trial is celebrating 30 years!  To order memorabilia, please click here [CafePress]


2015-16 Calendar

Date What
Friday, October 16, 2015 Registration Deadline
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 2016 Case Released - Online 
Friday, October 23, 2015 Late Registration Deadline
Monday, November 9, 2015 Team/Coaches Workshop - Minneapolis
Friday, December 11, 2015 Judges Training - Minneapolis
Monday, December 7, 2015 New School Coaches Training
Week of January 11, 2016 Round 1 - Statewide
Week of January 18, 2016 Round 2 - Statewide
Week of January 25, 2016 Round 3 - Statewide
Week of February 1, 2016 Make-up Trials, if applicable
Week of February 8, 2016 Round 4, if applicable - Statewide
Week of February 15, 2016 Round 5, if applicable - Statewide
March 2-4, 2016 State Tournament - St. Paul
Friday, April 1, 2016 NHSMTC Case Released - Tentative
May 12-15, 2016 NHSMTC - Boise, Idaho

*Calendar is subject to change on short notice.