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Preparing High School Teams for Local/State Mock Trial Competition

October 31, 2009

Each spring, the Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the Temple University Beasley School of Law, helps coordinate and run the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition.  Local area public, private and parochial high school teams take part in a mock  trial competition and receive a pretty good exposure to how a trial works.  The students serve as lawyers and witnesses for a particular mock trial problem.  Winners of the local competition go on to represent the Philadelphia area at the state mock trial finals for a chance to compete at nationals.

The program is a terrific way for local high school students to the legal world beyond tv shows like Law and Order (which is a favorite legal show of quite a few local students to whom I’ve spoken).  Local high schools like Overbrook High have done particularly well and advanced to nationals.

The YLD is looking for young lawyers to help out with either the actual mock trial competition (as volunteer coaches) or for the one day Mock Trial Law Camp, which takes place at Temple on Saturday, November 7, 2009.   For the camp, the commitment is only half a day if enough folks volunteer.  You can help advise, critique and provide feedback to students in openings, closings, direct examination, evidence objections, and so forth.   To volunteer, contact Roberta West via e-mail at or via phone at (215) 204-1887.

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