DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students

Mock Trial
Class Times:
​MAJOR - 9:20-12:20 Daily


Class Overview:

Students in this major will meet each morning and have electives in the afternoon. Thinking of a career in law or advocacy? Is it your destiny to be a leader of tomorrow? Are you interested in debate or persuasive speaking? Students who enroll in Mock Trial will learn the basic elements of debate, proper courtroom etiquette, direct and cross examination tactics, use of logic in argument, the structure of opening statements and closing arguments, Texas rules of evidence, and other matters of related to trial advocacy. We’ll be divided into teams and will be assigned cases. Students will have all the roles in the courtroom: lawyers, witnesses, personnel – the judge will be your facilitators. The case will be tried. You will be challenged to push your limits, develop leadership, communication and problem-solving skills and your ability to work well with a team. Guest speakers will be from the legal world as well as a field trip to a courtroom or other legal setting. Wednesday evening June 18th, we will have a mock trial competition that guests are invited to attend.