The Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related educational program that introduces high school students (grades 9-12) to the American legal system. Mock trials are structured like "real" court trials and follow the same rules. The program pairs students with mentors from the legal community. Through one-on-one interactions with attorney coaches, a student's understanding of the law is greatly enhanced.


The Mock Trial provides an opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Through role-playing, students gain an understanding of our judicial system--what roles judges, lawyers, juries and witnesses play in the system. Additionally, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills and a working knowledge of our legal practices and procedures. 2006 Seaside High School graduate Elizabeth Wolcott says “Mock Trial was one of the coolest things I got to do in high school, because it was an activity outside of class that helped me develop my speaking and team management skills, which were invaluable to me in college.”

Interested in Participating in Mock Trial?
Contact joyce@lyceum.org

Mock Trial 2017- 2018 Winners - Carmel High School

2018-2019 Winners:

Congratulations to the 2019 Monterey County Mock Trial winners - Carmel High School!

Coming in close behind them in 2nd place was Pacific Grove High School, and in 3rd place Palma High School.

A job well done to all of the teams who participated this year which also included students from Alvarez, Gonzales, Santa Catalina, and Stevenson High Schools.  


Journalism Competition         

  • 1st Place: Kylie Yeatman, Carmel High

  • 2nd Place: Jenna Stallcup, Carmel High

Artists competition

  • 1st Place: Jeyri Leon – Alvarez

  • 2nd Place: Athena Foster Brazil – Carmel

  • 3rd Place: Amaya Gomez – Carmel

Outstanding Performance Awards

Outstanding Prosecution Pretrial Motion Attorney:
    Sergio Gonzales, Alvarez
Ian Duffy, Stevenson
Outstanding Prosecution Attorney:
    Pablo Mendoza, Gonzales
Marco Pezzini, Palma
Outstanding Prosecution Witness:
    Andy Ottone, Palma
Caroline Bulkley-Armas, Santa Catalina
Outstanding Defense Pretrial Motion Attorney:
    yler Armstrong, Carmel
Adrian Jin, Stevenson
Outstanding Defense Attorney:
    Camryn Wood, Pacific Grove
Miles Prekoski, Carmel
Outstanding Defense Witness:
    Angela Rodriguez, Gonzales
Cailin Templeman, Santa Catalina
Outstanding Clerk:
   Juliana Poppe, Carmel
Yume Bishop, Pacific Grove
Outstanding Bailiff
    Jenna Garcia, Carmel
Megan Miller, Pacific Grove

Special Thanks to:

Mike Whilden
Peter Funt
and all of the teacher and attorney coaches, attorney scorers and judges that make this event possible.


"This was my second full year of coaching Mock Trial and once again I was reminded of the invaluable ways that this program enriches the academic experiences offered in high school. As an English teacher, I especially appreciate the ways that the program addresses learning objectives in my subject area. The students learn to write and respond to arguments, as well as speak eloquently with poise and confidence. What more could a teacher ask for?"

- Larry Haggquist, Mock Trial Teacher Coach