2017-2018 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Season

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Competition

Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition. For those of you who are new to the program, the California Mock Trial Program is a statewide academic competition in which high school students compete at the county, state, and national level.

This year, participation is expected to include over 500 students in San Diego County and over 8,000 students statewide. The trial itself is a simulation of a criminal case, in which students portray each of the principals in the array of courtroom participants. Student teams study a hypothetical criminal case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorney coaches in courtroom procedures and trial preparation. Students participate as lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system. The Competition encourages young people to develop their analytical abilities and communication skills while gaining increased self-confidence.

The Competition also allows students to develop the skills necessary for the mastery of state standards for history, social science, and language arts. Through performance-based education, the program furthers an understanding of both the content and processes of our legal system, increases basic skills, analytical abilities, and self-confidence, and it promotes cooperation among students of various cultures and interests. Based on responses to formal surveys, teacher-sponsors report significant improvement in students’ basic skills, critical thinking skills, presentation skills, class skill, and self-esteem, as well as increases in students’ content knowledge about the law.


2017-2018 High School Teacher Orientation

To receive the case materials, it is mandatory that at least one high school teacher-sponsor  from each team attend one of the annual Orientation Meetings at the San Diego Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111 on either:

  •           September 20, 2017; 4:00 p.m.; Annex C;
  •           September 26, 2017; 4:00 p.m.; Annex B. 

The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last at least one hour. The case materials will be distributed at the meeting. Student team members may also attend this meeting.  After attending the orientation meeting, a teacher-sponsor or school administrator from each team’s high school must register their high school team by submitting the School Registration Form by October 31, 2017.

A Registration Fee of $375 per team is required to participate in the 2017-2018 San Diego County Mock Trial Competition and must be received no later than December 1, 2017. Scholarships are available to participating schools and will be determined on a case-by-case basis due to financial need.  To request a school scholarship or additional information, please contact Michelle Chavez at mchavez@sdcba.org or 619-321-4150.

Please make checks payable to SDCBA and mail to:
               San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)
            Attn: Michelle Chavez, County Coordinator 
            San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition
            401 West A Street, Ste. 1100, San Diego, CA 92101

If you would like to pre-register before the Teacher Orientation Meeting, please fax the School Registration Form to (619) 696-3987.

Important Dates: 2017-2018 Competition

  • September 20, 2017
    Case Released - Available after Teacher-Sponsor Orientation Meetings
  • September 20 + 26, 2017  
Teacher-Sponsor Orientation Meetings - Mandatory for all schools 
  • First Meeting: September 20, 2017; 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Annex C


  • Second Meeting: September 26, 2017; 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Annex B
San Diego County Office of Education              
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111 
If you would like to pre-register before the Teacher-Sponsor Orientation Meeting, please fax the completed School Registration Form to (619)696-3987.
  • October  25, 2017 - 12:00 Noon
    Attorney Coaches Orientation Meeting: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
    • Mandatory meeting will take place at the downtown United States Federal Courthouse, 333 West  Broadway, San Diego, Bay View District Judge's Conference Room - 16th Floor.
    • Telephonic appearance available upon request.
    • Please RSVP to Michelle Chavez at (619)321-4150 or mchavez@sdcba.org
    • 2017-2018 Attorney Coach Orientation Powerpoint
  • October 31, 2017
  • December 1, 2017
    • Due date for receipt of registration fee payment ($375).
    • Due date for Team Roster, student permission slips, photo releases, and names and contact information for high school team members. 
  • February 1, 2018
    • Due date for Guest List.
  • February 2018: San Diego County Competition
    • First Round: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
    • Second Round: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
    • Third Round: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
    • Fourth Round: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.
    • Final Championship Round: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • March 16-18, 2018
    • California State Mock Trial Competition at the Central Justice Center, Santa Ana, California 
    •  Tentative Agenda: Click here.
  • May 10-13, 2018
    • National Mock Trial Competition - Reno, Nevada