Gateway BHS Mock Trial
Interested in learning more about Mock Trial?The Mock Trial team at Barnstable High School is a Gateway program that participates in interscholastic competition. Students in grades 8 - 12 may participate in rehearsals, but only students in grades 9 - 12 may participate in competitions. The Mock Trial program is run by the Massachusetts Bar Association, and provides high school students with the opportunity to “test their skills as lawyers and witnesses in a simulated courtroom competition.” Through the program, students learn about the American judicial system and how it relates to their lives. In addition to working with the two BHS coaches (Bruce Colwell and Andrew Vince), students also get to work with a lawyer from the community who donates their time pro bono. The team meets twice per week from late October (when the case is released) through early February (the end of the first round of competition), although the season could extend until the third week of March, if the team advances through several rounds of competition to reach the state championship. During the off-season, meetings take place approximately every other week. The first round of interscholastic competition takes place in the Barnstable County Courthouse, where a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association presides as a judge over the simulated hearing.
Mock Trial is offered by the Massachusetts Bar Association with support from the Barnstable Gateway Program at the high school level.Mock Trial competes at Barnstable District Court! For more information about Mock Trial at Barnstable High School, please contact Bruce Colwell, firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew Vince email@example.com.