Mock Trial Program
Mock Trial Program: Grade 6-8
Discovering Justice’s Mock Trial Program pairs middle school students with legal offices and law firms to explore the judicial system, learn case analysis and development, and practice the civic skills needed to persuasively argue cases in front of a judge. With the help of attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals who volunteer their time as legal mentors, the semester-long program culminates in a series of dynamic trial events held before real judges and juries across Massachusetts.
In October 2021, Discovering Justice kicked off the 20th season of its Mock Trial Program, with middle school students from a record 24 teams and 12 cities and towns, set to tackle the complex intricacies of the First Amendment in the fictional case “Young V. Westbury School District.”
Mock Trial Online
With the advent of COVID-19, the Discovering Justice Mock Trial Program is now available virtually, with Discovering Justice staff and legal partners presenting curriculum and skills training online as well as in person.
8th Grade student, JFK Middle School
“Discovering Justice deepened my understanding of civics and government. The things I learned here helped me understand my classes—and that felt like it gave me the edge up in class, and in life.”
8th grade ELA teacher, Brooke Charter School
“In Discovering Justice, kids are learning to believe in themselves, and become more confident. I’ve seen the power of my students getting to apply the skills they’re learning—and making those real world connections is so important.”
8th grade student, Robinson Middle School
“During my four years doing Discovering Justice, I’ve made a lot of memories, and now I’ve found something I’m interested in, and something I’m really passionate about.”