I believe most of us have seen Legally Blonde. That movie may not be the best example of what goes on in court, but whatever it takes to get your attention. Many of us worry about things that will never happen, like getting eaten by an alligator or being chased like a bear. However, it is likely that you or someone you know will end up court. The Mock Trial coach at my school has been encouraging me to join the team the last two years and I finally jumped in this year. I am so happy about that decision, I have gained a lot from being on the team.
For those of you who don’t know what Mock Trial is, it’s basically a “fake” court case based on actual events, of course with cheesy court jokes in there as well. Each team prepares to argue on both sides: plaintiff and defense. Each side needs three lawyers, three witnesses, a bailiff, and a timekeeper. So the smallest team you can have is 8 members.
This year’s case was about students’ freedom of speech at school. A student posts a video mocking the principal, and the principal freaks out. The principal removes the student as student council president, suspends them for 10 days, takes away their $20,000 scholarship, and takes away their privilege of walking down on graduation.
If you want to read more about this case, check it out. The link has all the materials.
Some things I have learned in Mock Trial:
- how to behave in court
- be confident in your knowledge
- how to think fast on your feet
- how to work as a team (many activities are individual)
- that Pizza Ranch is delicious
Okay, the last one might just be for my team, but it was a good tradition. Mock trial was a lot of fun, my only regret was that I didn’t start sooner. I highly encourage you all to join your school’s team. The more you are exposed the court, the better you can understand the court system and our government. We have many freedoms and rights in this country, and it is important to learn what they are and when they apply.