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 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 presentation, and learning about the American judicial system.

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. 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. Candidates should be in 9th-12th grade (motived 8th graders will be considered.) The ideal team member will have experience in public speaking and/or debate and strong presentation and speaking skills. New members will serve as alternates/understudies during their first year as they “learn the ropes”, rules, and proceedings of mock trial, with the expectation of moving into a witness role the following year. All members will be expected to participate in all practices/strategy sessions. In accordance with state rules for teams, mock trial is only open to current, registered Compass students.

Anyone interested in Mock Trial should contact Compass to be put in touch with the team coach.