About the Mock Trial Tournament

The New York State Mock Trial High School Tournament is one of the largest mock trial competitions in the country involving thousands of students. Through its Mock Trial Committee, the Schenectady County Bar Association sponsors the program in Schenectady County, with volunteer attorney coaches and judges working with student teams and teachers in the participating high schools.

Program Objectives

Through participating in the mock trial program, students:

  • Learn about ethics, civility and professionalism;
  • Gain an increased understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system; and
  • Improve proficiency in basic life skills, such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning.

The program also is a means of enhancing communication and cooperation among the school community, teachers and students and members of the legal profession. It builds appreciation for academic studies and stimulates interest in law-related careers.

The mock trial season begins in December when more than 300 high school teams in high schools throughout the state start preparing and presenting their cases in local tournaments. In the ensuing months, local county winners then moved on to regional tournaments, culminating in final rounds.

On a state level, the program is administered by the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee with support from The New York Bar Foundation. Learn more at  www.lycny.org

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 :
    View From Bench CLE and Luncheon Meeting

    Doors open 11:30 a.m.; luncheon meeting at noon followed by CLE

    Terrace at Water's Edge Lighthouse, Glenville

    Panel of judges - 1.0 CLE - areas of professional practice

    Panelists: Judge Joseph M. Sise, Judge Ann C. Crowell and Judge Matthew J. Sypniewski, Supreme Court; Judge Vincent W. Versaci, Surrogate Court; Judge Jill S. Polk, Family Court; Judge Mark J. Caruso, City Court

    Presented in collaboration with the Capital District Italian-American Bar Association

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  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 :
    Retirement event for Hon. Barry Kramer

    Retirement event for Hon. Barry Kramer

    6 p.m. Glen Sanders Mansions, Scotia

    Watch for update.

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