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 hazing, driving while texting, bullying, misdemeanor child endangerment, and criminal stalking. This year's case explores the complicated issue of student encounters with law enforcement officials.

The 2015 Competition will take place at the Justice Center on Friday, April 24 (in connection with Law Day 2015 on May 1). 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.

Congratulations to the more than 400 students, teachers, and volunteers who participated in the 2014 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition!  The CMBA extends special thanks to the more than 75 volunteers who served as legal advisors and judicial panelists, as well as the Cleveland Municipal Court for all its help and support that make the competition possible.   

For a brief video highlighting last year's competition produced by the Cleveland Municipal Court, please click here.

Volunteer today!

Judges and lawyers are invited to volunteer as judicial panelists for the 2015 Competition on April 24 at the Justice Center.  For more about volunteering on the day of the trials, please click here or contact CMBA Competition Coordinator Jessica Paine at or (216) 696-3525 x4462.


The Justice for All Committee of the CMBA congratulates all participants of the 18th annual Cleveland Mock Trial Competition held on May 2, 2014 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, as well as their teachers, families, and supporters. 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 and the issue of hazing in student groups and clubs.  More than 70 lawyers, judges, law students, and court personnel participated as volunteer judicial panelists and legal advisors in 2014.

2014 Cleveland Mock Trial winning teams: 

  • First Place: John Hay Early College - Team A
  • Second Place: John Hay Early College - Team C
  • Third Place: John Hay Early College - Team B

Special merit: 

  • Cleveland School of the Arts - Team B
  • Design Lab
  • John Hay School of Science & Medicine - Team D
Congratulations as well to students from Glenville, John Hay School of Science and Medicine, and John Hay Early College, who were awarded summer internships with the court as Outstanding Attorney for the Prosecution, Outstanding Attorney for the Defense, and Outstanding Witness respectively.