Mock Trial Program

After-School

Mock Trial & Mock Appeal Program: Grade 6-8

Discovering Justice’s Mock Trial Program pairs middle school students with legal organizations 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 dynamic trial events held before real judges and juries across Massachusetts.

What’s New

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.”

Chetna Gandhi

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.”

Siri Carr

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.”

Masiah Nieves

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.”

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