The High School Mock Trial program operates through the generous spirit of many individuals who volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities range from coaching a team to evaluating or presiding during competition rounds in the spring to serving on a sub-committee behind the scenes. Without the volunteered time of the membership of the State Bar, the program would not be able to reach the almost 2,200+ high school students across the state of Georgia.
Each team is required to have at least one Attorney Coach; many teams have multiple coaches. The Attorney Coach works directly with the students in learning the legal aspects of preparing the case, from breaking down the case, drafting openings, closing, directs and crosses, to helping them learn how to make objections and use the Rules of Evidence. While this requires the greatest commitment of time, it also provides the most interaction and direct involvement with students in the program. Teams are responsible for identifying Attorney Coaches for their team but the Mock Trial office can assist teams in locating a coach.
Did you know? Attorney Coaches are eligible for CLE credit for their time coaching a team: 3 general CLE hours, including 1 hour in Ethics, 1 hour in Trial Practice, and 1 hour in Professionalism (3,1,1,1). Credit can be claimed by submitting the form below and fee by the March 15 deadline.
- The Attorney Coach CLE Form (for the 2022 HSMT season) will be sent to registered attorney coaches by the Mock Trial office in January - Hours will be applied to the 2021 transcript.
The 2022 season will be back to (mostly) normal. The biggest change to the competition is the addition of Round 4 at the Regional Competitions, giving all teams four rounds of competition before the field is cut for Districts. Rounds 1 and 2 will be done virtually and Rounds 3 and 4 will be in-person on Saturday, February 12.
Attorneys and judges are used as Evaluators or Presiding Judges during the competition rounds. For each round of competition, four volunteers are needed in each courtroom (three Evaluators and one Presiding Judge).
The Regional Competition is the first level of the season, where all teams will compete in four rounds. Each team will present both sides of the case twice. After Round 4, the teams will be ranked by their cumulative record and the top three teams from each Region will move on to the District Competition.
Rounds 1 and 2: Virtual
This is a great chance to get involved if you don't live near one of our in-person Regions or are not available on Region Saturday. Each team will compete in two rounds online. We will run competition rounds on the following evenings, with judging panels logging on by 6:30.
- Tuesday, Feb. 1
- Wednesday, Feb. 2
- Thursday, Feb. 3
- Monday, Feb. 7
- Tuesday, Feb. 8
- Wednesday, Feb. 9
Each date will need many judging panel volunteers to get all of the teams through two rounds. Please consider helping out with a few nights if possible.
Rounds 3 and 4: In-Person
All teams* will compete in Rounds 3 and 4 on Region Saturday, Feb. 12 in the following locations: Atlanta (downtown), Albany, Athens, Cartersville, Cumming, Dalton, Decatur, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Macon, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Savannah, Valdosta.
*Teams in Region 16 (Atlanta) will have their in-person competition on Sunday afternoon, February 6.
The District Competition pairs two Regions to make a District, with three teams from each Region advancing. This level will consist of two Rounds with the teams presenting both sides of the case. After the second round, teams will be ranked by their six-round cumulative records from Region and District and the top two teams will move on to the State Finals Competition.
- Saturday, March 5 in Athens, Atlanta, Cartersville, Douglasville, Jonesboro, Savannah, and Tifton
- Sunday, March 6 in Lawrenceville: for Region 16 (Atlanta) and Region 9 (Lawrenceville) teams
The State Finals Competition will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. The 16 teams advancing from District will compete in three Rounds on Saturday, with the top two teams returning Sunday afternoon for the Final Round. The State Champion will go on to represent Georgia at the National High School Mock Trial (Virtual) Championship in Evansville, IN in May.
Registration for State Finals Judging Panels will open in February.
To register for the Region and District Competitions, please complete this form. We welcome panel members helping with virtual and in-person Rounds, as well as multiple levels of the competition.
Did you know? CLE credit is available for attorneys and judges serving on a judging panel during the 2022 mock trial season: 1 general CLE hour, including 1 hour in Trial Practice and 1 hour in Professionalism (1,1,0,1). Members who are able to help in two different levels of the competition (Region/Distirct/State Finals) can claim an additional 1 general CLE hour and 1 hour in Trial Practice (1,1,0,0). The process to claim the credit will be shared with the panels after the competition levels are completed.
The Mock Trial Competition is operated by the YLD's HSMT Committee which oversees the program. The committee is chaired by a chair, 1st vice chair and 2nd vice chair. Subcommittees exist to work on the creation of the Problem, the Rules of the Competition, planning for State Finals, Honors and Awards, and Development (Fundraising). To volunteer for the committee, please contact Michael Nixon in the Mock Trial office: email@example.com or 404-527-8779.