A Tradition of Excellence
Mock Trial @ Glenwood Springs High School
What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is pretty much what it sounds like: students get a jury trial case problem – we’ve done case topics ranging from murder, to wrongful death liability, to internet hacking, to a contested will, and many others – and put on a jury trial acting as both the attorneys and the witnesses in the trial, objections and all. Mock trial is a highly competitive academic program that teaches students about the law, but more importantly teaches them how to think on their feet, problem solve, and speak in public. GSHS competes against teams from all around the world and has a history of success. It’s hard work to stay competitive but it’s definitely worth it in the end.
Why participate in Mock Trial?
Joining the Mock Trial team at GSHS provides students with an amazing opportunity to challenge themselves academically, achieve personal growth, and improve their communications skills. The program is about so much more than students learning the law, it teaches critical thinking, hard work, and confidence in one’s self. Alumni of the program have gone on to become engineers, doctors, nurses, business executives, teachers, and attorneys, among numerous other professions.
How often do students practice?
In general, students attend a practice each Sunday afternoon/evening and possibly 1-3 more practices each week depending on the team they are on, they work on witnesses, examinations, speeches, and case theory to prepare for tournaments held across the state with occasional out of state tournaments for our top team.
We need your help!
Students in this program achieve the success they desire because of the community support rallying behind them. Businesses and people from all over the valley are essential to the success of these teams, and we hope you will join others in supporting these students. Each year it costs between $20,000 and $25,000 to send these teams to competitions. As you can imagine, this goal is not one that can be realistically met through car washes and bake sales. These students need your financial help to keep the tradition of success alive, and we hope you join other members of our community to provide that support.