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​Mock Trials and Other Simulations

Simulations of court proceedings engage students in real-life situations that require higher-order thinking. Resources are available for students at all levels.
 
 

Jury Selection

The American Jury: A Voir Dire Simulation from the Constitutional Rights Foundation  for high school.
 
 

Mock Trials

Mock trials are trial court proceedings in which witnesses testify and juries decide the outcome.
 

People v Jack Beanstalk (pdf), a scripted mock trial from the Learning Center for elementary.

 

Elementary Mock Trial Program from the Oakland County Bar Association.

 

Mock Trials from the American Bar Association for elementary through high school.

 
Mock Trial Teaching Materials from the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Chicago for elementary through high school.
 
Mock Trials from Streetlaw, Inc., for high school.
 
 

Moot Courts

Moot courts are simulations of oral arguments before an appellate court, such as the Michigan Supreme Court.
 
Verdict of History Lesson Plans from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society for high school.
 
Teaching Strategies from Landmark Cases - Streetlaw, Inc., for high school. (Click on Teaching Strategies menu at top.)
 
Moot Court Teaching Materials from Constitutional Rights Foundation, Chicago for middle school through high school.
 
 

Small Claims Court Simulations

Small claims court cases involve less than $6,000. The parties represent themselves.
 

Small Claims Simulations (pdf) from the Learning Center for upper elementary through high school.   



MSC Learning Center

Michigan Hall of Justice

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48915

Phone: (517) 373-7171

Fax: (517) 373-7615

 

Rachael Drenovsky

drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov

Amy Feinauer

feinauera@courts.mi.gov