Dear Mock Trial Participants,
Welcome to the Annual Rhode Island Mock Trial Tournament!
Our best wishes go out to the teams, new and old, participating this year. Those who are returning to the tournament have learned firsthand why mock trial programs are thriving around the country and around the world. We now know that mock trial is one of the premier experiences being lauded by college admissions programs. Students learn critical thinking and how to analyze problems while improving their public speaking. They also develop confidence and learn to work collaboratively while gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of civics and our American legal system.
Students from most states and territories in the United States and from many foreign countries spend part of each school year planning mock trial strategy, memorizing witness statements, and preparing to defend or prosecute cases. While role-playing the parts of witnesses and attorneys, they are acquiring or polishing important life skills, but most importantly, they are having fun.
To make this unique educational opportunity possible, each year hundreds of Rhode Islanders donate an impressive amount of time and talent. We salute our past, present, and future volunteers. Their willingness to participate is vital to the success and survival of this program. We hope that everyone will have an exciting, rewarding, and memorable experience in the tournament!
Rhode Island Legal Education Foundation