This question is not really a fit for any of the other forums but I submitted it here because I thought it would be a close enough. Just to start, I am not a junior, I am a freshman who is curious about starting a mock trial team at my school. So, I don’t know too much about mock trial besides what it is and what members of the team do, but I’d like to join a team. However, my school does not have one and I am considering starting one. I know taking initiative like this is impressive to colleges, and I want to do this just to try something new, but I am concerned about how much work and experience this requires. I know mock trials are very time intensive and for someone like me who does not know much about law/trial to be heading a team like this seems daunting. Has anyone done this for mock trial or any other club at their own school, how did it go, how much work and experience did it require? Thank you for all and any advice!
Hey there! While I haven't personally done mock trial, a friend of mine has. My friend said that while things like competitions against other schools took time, she enjoyed having the experience of being in "court". That being said, I personally have started and lead a few of the clubs at my school, and to start a club, I would first try to find interested students at your school, and reach out to a teacher (maybe someone with a humanities background or someone who has done mock trial themselves) to mentor y'all and help you run the club. They will probably have advice that would help you and any others start, and I'm sure that they would be happy to help you! I know at the high school level, you would also probably have to get in contact with some member of the administration, probably someone who is more involved with making sure student activities run smoothly. In my experience, the faculty tends to support students with creating and running new clubs, and while it can be a little difficult balancing the responsibility that comes with establishing and leading club with everything else in life, I got used to it pretty quickly, and the teachers who advise the club helped out a lot. In terms of experience, when I started a club in my freshman year, I honestly didn't have much knowledge of most things related to the subject, but I had been interested for a while. It's okay to not know everything and anything about mock trial (honestly, this works for everything) as long as you are willing to learn about it.
Here's a website that might help you: https://www.nationalmocktrial.org/
I hope my rambling thoughts have helped you at least a little bit! Good luck!
Thank you so much!
Hey there! Mock Trial girlie here- Joining or starting a mock trial team would be such a great opportunity! I don't know what state you're in, but in certain states, there's an organisation that organises statewide competitions. I'm in CA, and for us, our main statewide competition is organised by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. In Virginia, the Virginia Law-Related Education Institute coordinates the major high school mock trial organisation. I'd Google "(Your State) + High School Mock Trial and see what you find. Being a part of an organisation is a good idea, because you'll be able to reach out to people to ask for help.
You will need a significant amount of team members, and a coach/advisor. You're going to need to invest a significant amount of time into this, and it won't always be easy. But it is so worth it, and I wish you the best!
Thank you so much!
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