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Mock Trial

Our Mock Trial team is a vibrant group of students who compete in the YMCA Mock Trial competition which takes place at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. Mock Trial encourages SAAS students to participate in the judicial branch of our government while they acquire leadership, team building, and public speaking skills. 

The SAAS Mock Trial course is designed to give students an introduction to the legal system and a foundation in trial skills. These skills include: writing opening statements and closing arguments, conducting direct and cross examinations, introducing evidence in a trial, and application of evidentiary rules. Through these skills, students will develop their ability to speak in public, formulate arguments, and work as a team. 

Meet our mock trial faculty

The Mock Trial program provides an opportunity for students to participate in a competitive high drama courtroom showdown between teams from around the state. Through researching case law, working with team members, and arguing legal issues in front of real judges and lawyers, teens are provided hands-on learning opportunities that will assist in the development of the confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to lead the next generation.

Awards & Accomplishments

2018

Chloe Rubin '20 won an Outstanding Attorney Award
Sonja Washburn '21 won an Outstanding Witness Award

2017

Hannah McConnell '20, Sydney Janssen '18,  and Else-Rose Ratzliff '17 won Outstanding Witness Awards
Savannah Westra '19 and Stella Esenten-Cicon '17 won Outstanding Attorney Awards

2016

Seattle Academy team qualified for the State Tournament
Seattle Academy team finished 8th in the King County Tournament
Blake Calvo '19, Jayden Yoppolo '19, and Sam Gray '16 won Outstanding Witness Awards
Hannah Davis '19, Stella Esenten-Cicon '17, and Sam Gray '16 won Outstanding Attorney Awards

Mock Trial at SAAS FAQ

Can I be an attorney? Can I be a witness?

Students who are interested in playing an attorney role should sign up for both the fall and winter trimester classes. These roles are open to students 10th grade and above. Students who are interested in a witness role should sign up for the winter trimester class. These roles are open to students 9th grade and above. 

Do I have to be in the Mock Trial class to participate in Mock Trial?

Yes. Since Mock Trial is a team effort it is necessary to participate in the class in order to be on the team.  If you are in Mock Trial in the fall, it is expected that you will also be in the class in the winter. 

Can I do a winter sport or show and participate in Mock Trial?

Often SAAS students do sports or a show and still participate in Mock Trial. Since most of the work is done during the school day, students have most of their evenings and weekends open or other activities.

Does Mock Trial have a no cut policy like other SAAS programs?

Yes. Any student interested in being on the Mock Trial team who is able to enroll in the class will have a role on the team. We sometimes field multiple teams depending on student interest. ​​​​​​​