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Mock trial is designed to introduce students to our legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. The program offers students an opportunity for personal growth and achievement, emphasizing the importance of research, presentation, and teamwork.

In addition to teaching students about contemporary public issues and the legal system, the program encourages teachers and students to develop learning partnerships with professionals from the community.

Lawyers from communities throughout Iowa contribute their time as coaches and judges at the tournaments.

Judges from Iowa's District Courts also participate. These linkages between the schools and the legal profession show students that the community is committed to their educational success.

We hope that you will consider participation in this valuable educational program. Last year, more than 2,000 students from across Iowa participated. The tournament includes students from social studies courses, TAG programs, at-risk classes, and extracurricular mock trial clubs. We urge you to join the fun!











2016 Middle School Mock Trial

2016 Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament Results

Regional Award Criteria
Regional Award Certificate


Desafios v Storm Chase
Exhibit 2

Revised Jury Instructions

Webinar: Iowa Mock Trial 101: Middle School Mock Trial Basics
PowerPoint: Iowa Mock Trial 101: Middle School Mock Trial Basics

Past Middle School Mock Trial Champions

Registration & Competition Information

Welcome/Invitation to Participate
What is Mock Trial and its Learning Objectives
Tournament Information
Timeline & Checklist
Regional Competition Map
Regional Competition Schedule
What Students Say About Iowa Mock Trial
Judge Participation Form
Tell Us About Your Attorney Coach
Team Roster
Competition Time Sheet
Competition Time Sheet (Revised)
Rules of Procedure
Rules of Evidence
Iowa Mock Trial Explanatory Guide

For Judges

Volunteer to Judge
Judges Handbook
Scoring/Evaluation Criteria
Judge EZ Reference Guide
Pre-Trial Checklist

Other Resources

Coaching Tips
Coaching Tips II
Webinar: Iowa Mock Trial 101: Middle School Mock Trial Basics
PowerPoint: Iowa Mock Trial 101: Middle School Mock Trial Basics

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