Mock Trial

One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.

Competition Information

  1. Case Materials *Posted 1.19.21
  2. Code of Civility
  3. Code of Ethical Conduct
  4. Conflict Dates Form
  5. Guidelines for Attorney Advisors
  6. Guidelines for Scoring Judges (Jurors)
  7. Guidelines and Script for Presiding Judges
  8. Hints of Preparing for the Competition
  9. Matrix Scoring Teams
    1. Matrix Scoring
  10. Mock Trial Learner Outcomes
  11. Philadelphia Rules
    1. Supplemental Rules for Virtual Competition
  12. Photo/Video Release
  13. Rules of Competition *Posted 10.15.20
    1. Supplemental Guidance Regarding Competition Administration *Posted 10.15.20
  14. Rules of Evidence *PA uses the National Mock Trial Rules of Evidence document
  15. Scoresheet
  16. Supplement to Case Materials *Posted 1.7.21
  17. Student Timekeeper Guidelines
  18. Teaching Tips
  19. Trial Roster Form

If you have any questions about the 2021 Mock Trial Competition, please contact PBA/YLD Coordinator Maria Engles at 1-800-932-0311 ext. 2223 or

To view past case materials click here.



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