BOSTON (AP) — At least 1,500 students at 135 high schools across Massachusetts are expected to participate in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2013 Mock Trial Program, a tournament that places students in a simulated courtroom.
First organized in 1985, the mock trial program has students assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. The program is designed to educate students across Massachusetts about the court system while teaching them leadership skills.
More than 100 lawyers will serve as volunteer coaches and judges.
The Boston law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP donated $25,000 to the 2013 program and has given more than $400,000 since it began.
Last year, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley won the state championship and went on to compete in the national tournament.