High School Mock Trial

About the Program

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 MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which every person can participate in the Mock Trial program. Please contact us if there are reasonable accommodations that would allow you to participate more fully. Such requests should be directed to Kim Basting, Director of Mock Trial Program at 612-278-6306.

2024 State Champions - Watertown-Mayer High School

WMH Champion
WMH Nationals May 2024

Above L to R: 2024 State Champion | 2024 NHSMTC, Wilmington DE
Right: 2024 NHSMTC Courtroom Artist & Top Ten Witness Award Recipients

Watertown-Mayer High School had one month to prepare a challenging case to argue at Nationals in Wilmington, Delaware. They competed in virtual scrimmages 5 times during April, and then had 2 in-person scrimmages in Wilmington. The team was made up of 2 seniors, 4 juniors, and 3 sophomores.  During the actual National trials they beat Georgia, Utah, and Mississippi, and lost in a split ballot decision to North Carolina. That landed them in 11th place.  Junior Ella Hunkins was rewarded with a Top Ten Witness award!  All the students agreed it was a fantastic experience!

Coached by Lori Sieling and Sarah Soley; Attorney Coach Patrick Neaton.


2024 Courtroom Artist

Sonja Schweser, Nova Classical Academy
2024 State Tournament Champion
2024 NHSMTC - 2nd Place

Thank You

The Mock Trial Program would like to thank the judges and attorneys that volunteered for the 2024 competitions!  
April 2024 Bench & Bar

We also want to extend our gratitude to those that supported the program.

Mock Trial Season

Friday, October 18, 2024
Week of October 21, 2024
Thursday, October 31, 2024
Monday, November 11, 2024*
Monday, November 18, 2024*
Friday, December 13, 2024*
Monday, December 16, 2024*
Week of January 6, 2025
Week of January 13, 2025
Week of January 20, 2025
Week of January 27, 2025
Week of February 3, 2025
Week of February 10, 2025
March 6-7, 2025 - St. Paul
Tuesday, April 1, 2025
May 2-5, 2024 - Wilmington, DE
* Tentative Dates (Subject to Change)

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Kim Basting
Mock Trial Program Director
612-278-6306 | 1-800-882-6722

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

Mock Trial Advisory Committee

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