High School Mock Trial Team
Compass has a high school Mock Trial team! The team participates in the Virginia High School Mock Trial Competition in Williamsburg. The team placed 3rd in the state in 2019 and 4th in the state in 2018. Several Compass members have received awards for individual performances.
Mock Trial provides students with an “authentic project-based courtroom experience” with substantial work as a team while honing personal skills in logic, debate, public speaking, and learning about the American judicial system. The Compass Mock Trial team follows the Virginia High School Mock Trial Program of the Virginia Law Related Education Institute which falls under the governance of the National High School Mock Trial Championship.
The team may be able to accommodate 1-2 new members for the upcoming year. The ideal team member will have experience in public speaking and/or debate and strong presentation and speaking skills. Interested students may be asked to audition for a spot on the team. New members will serve as alternates/understudies or time-keepers during their first year as they “learn the ropes,” with the expectation of moving into a witness role their second year.
In accordance with national rules for teams, mock trial is only open to current, registered Compass high school students. Candidates must be in 9th-12th grade. Students must maintain their Compass enrollment throughout the mock trial year.
All members will be expected to participate in all practices/strategy sessions. The Mock Trial team meets on the first, third, and fourth Friday of each month from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm from mid-September through early March. The team participates in a regional competition in February, and an overnight, out-of-town state competition in early March.
Anyone interested in Mock Trial should contact Compass to be put in touch with the team coach.