Cleveland Mock Trial Competition

The Cleveland Mock Trial Competition gives Cleveland high school students a chance to prepare their best legal arguments for an exciting day of competition with their peers each year in the spring. Coached by volunteer attorneys and law students, the teams take turns representing the prosecution and defense in a criminal appeal involving topics that give them the opportunity both to hone their legal skills and to learn more about important issues facing teens today. In years past the topics have included charges of driving while texting, misdemeanor child endangerment, and criminal stalking. This year's case relates to the hot-button issue of hazing in school groups and clubs.

The 2014  Competition will take place at the Justice Center on Friday, May 2 (Law Day 2014). In addition to honoring the winning teams, each year the Cleveland Municipal Court awards four paid internships to outstanding attorneys, witnesses, and writers. The internships provide a unique opportunity for exceptional students to gain experience and learn about our legal system.

Volunteer today!

Attorneys and law students are invited to volunteer as legal advisors for the teams.  Volunteers will work with students and their teachers to help them understand the roles of attorneys and witnesses at trial, how to build the theory of your case, and other legal education-related skills.  Time committed can be flexible to fit volunteers' time.  For more information, contact Jessica at or by calling (216) 696-3525 x4462.

The Justice for All Committee of the CMBA congratulates all participants of the 17th annual Cleveland Mock Trial Competition held on May 3, 2013 at the Cleveland Municipal Court. The CMBA partnered with the Municipal Court to host over 300 students, representing 14 teams from 10 Cleveland high schools. Students also participated by submitting essays for the annual writing competition, in which students were invited to research and creatively present their point of view on various topics related to the merits of the case, the issue of guns in schools, or the problem of bullying among students.

2013 Cleveland Mock Trial winning teams: 

  • First Place: John Hay Early College - Team Stokes
  • Second Place: John Hay Early College - Team Tubbs Jones
  • Third Place: Cleveland School of the Arts - Team D
  • Congratulations as well to students from John Hay, New Tech West, Martin Luther King, and New Tech at East Tech, who were awarded summer internships with the court as Outstanding Attorney for the Prosecution, Outstanding Attorney for the Defense, Outstanding Witness, and best entry in the essay competition respectively.

    Click here for a Plain Dealer article on the Cleveland Mock Trial (published 5/1/13) and here for a Plain Dealer wrap-up after the event ("Tip Off" column published 5/6/13).