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Mock Trial

Education Unlimited - Mock Trial

American Legal Experience - Mock Trial offers high school students a unique opportunity to learn public speaking skills through a concentrated focus on the American judicial system.  

The adversarial nature of the American legal system places a premium on effective communication and persuasion through well-reasoned arguments. Therefore, our focus on this system provides students with an exciting and challenging medium for the development of speaking skills.

Mock Trial participants will work with a lead instructor (typically a practicing attorney or an instructor with personal experience and expertise in competitive mock trial) to learn the structure of the court systems, differences between the process of law involved in civil and criminal trials, and most importantly proper methods of the formation and presentation of convincing legal arguments. As part of this learning process, students will be directly exposed to the basics of certain substantive areas of law, including constitutional, criminal and tort law, as well as rules of evidence.

Past activities for the high school mock trial have included a visit to a court house for a first-hand look at the American justice system at work, participation in simulated client interviews, and/or professionally critiqued oral arguments. The weeklong session includes at least two mock trials, including opening statements, the examination of witnesses and introduction of evidence and closing arguments. Guest speakers such as area attorneys or judges have been regular features of recent ALE high school session. The middle school program is a combination of mini mock trials, for variety and skill building, and a central problem that is more substantial and is on the level of a high school mock trial program! Students will build toward a full length mock trial exhibition at week's end. Instructors are chosen for their ability to connect with and enthuse this age group. This program is campus based for an immersive learning experience.

“The court visit was highly encouraging for prospective lawyers. It was exciting to see judicial system in action after learning about it. The lawyers/speakers were also helpful in that they humanized and familiarized the whole process.” — Davis Jeon, 

“Gabriel very much enjoyed ALE at Stanford. It was a good balance of academics and social activities. He is looking forward to more “EU” experience.” — Margarita Padilla, parent

“Sumita hasn’t stopped talking about ALE since she got back. She is making plans to return next year. Thank you for making her experience a special one.” — Veda Nathan, parent

Start Date
End Date
 Sun, Jun 24, 18
 Sat, Jun 30, 18
 9th - 12th
 UC Berkeley
 Sun, Jul 8, 18
 Fri, Jul 13, 18
 6th - 8th
 Stanford University
 Sun, Jul 15, 18
 Sat, Jul 21, 18
 9th - 12th
 Sun, Jul 22, 18
 Sat, Jul 28, 18
 9th - 12th
 Georgetown University
 Sun, Jul 29, 18
 Fri, Aug 3, 18
 6th - 8th
 Stanford University
 Sun, Aug 5, 18
 Fri, Aug 10, 18
 6th - 8th


Mock Trial - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Byron Arthur (Instructor)

Byron Arthur — Instructor

Byron Arthur is a practicing attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana.  As an acclaimed debate coach, he brings the perfect pairing of experience to our Mock Trial and American Legal Experience programs: legal knowledge and expertise combined with impeccable public speaking and critical thinking skills, which he has taught at the high school level...

Education Unlimited - Hershini Gopal (Middle School Instructor)

Hershini Gopal — Middle School Instructor

Hershini is an experienced paralegal and mock trial competitor bound for UCLA School of Law in the fall of 2018.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. During her undergraduate years, Hershini worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme in Washington D.C. where...

Education Unlimited - Steven Kennedy, JD (Instructor)

Steven Kennedy, JD — Instructor

Steven Kennedy is an acting attorney and adjunct professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Steven has more than 20 years of trial experience in insurance law and civil litigation. He is currently a senior trial attorney for a major national insurance company.  For the past 13 years, Steven has also been an adjunct professor...

Education Unlimited - Marina Shew (Middle School Instructor)

Marina Shew — Middle School Instructor

Marina Shew is a law student at Columbia Law School in New York City.  She has dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Clemson University in South Carolina.  In both high school and college, Marina was the president of her respective debate teams, taking on leadership, teaching, and mentoring roles for younger students....

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

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