Middle School Mock Trial

Middle School Mock Trial Program

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!


Regis Catholic Middle School (Cedar Rapids)

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Welcome/Invitation to Participate
Tournament Information
Timeline and Checklist
Regional Competition Schedule
Team Roster
Competition Time Sheet
Rules of Procedure
Rules of Evidence
Iowa Mock Trial Explanatory Guide

What is Mock Trial and its Learning Objectives

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

Judges Information
Volunteer to Judge
Judges Participation Form
Judges Handbook
Scoring/Evaluation Criteria

Additional Information
Past Middle School Mock Trial Champions
Regional Award Criteria
Regional Award Certificate
What Students Say About Iowa Mock Trial
Tell Us About Your Attorney Coach
Nominate a Coach to the Hall of Fame