Mock Trial Volunteer

Mock Trial Home >> Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities for the 2021 California Mock Trial Finals


The legal community is vital to the success of the program and provides students with a chance to interact with positive role models, as well as an opportunity to learn from experts in the law. We hope that you can help make Mock Trial possible for the young people of California!

Thanks to the legal community members for investing in the future by volunteering your knowledge and time to the next generation. We look forward to seeing you all at the state finals!

  • We are implementing this online format to keep all of our students, volunteers, and participants safe as possible due to COVID-19. All trials will be conducted via Zoom, trial dates are below.
    • Thursday, March 18 at 5:00pm - Round 1 
    • Friday, March 19 at 5:00pm - Round 2 
    • Saturday, March 20 at 10:00am - Round 3 
    • Saturday, March 20 at 2:00pm - Round 4 

Case Materials
- password will be emailed with confirmation email

State Mock Trial Finals Judge/Attorney Handbook

Zoom Tips Video - a quick video on tips on how to use Zoom

Questions? Contact Sean-Michael Ramirez at

Attorney volunteers score the Mock Trial competition. Scorers (two or more), sit in the jury box while the student teams present their case to a judge or commissioner. They are given a set of criteria for rating the teams numerically. The criteria include the quality of the students' presentations, their grasp of the law and court procedures, and their understanding of the case itself. Time commitment is approximately two hours per trial, and you may score as many trials as you choose.

Judges and commissioners, we welcome your expertise to preside over a Mock Trial. Time commitment is approximately two hours per trial, and you may preside over as many trials as you choose. Volunteering as a presider is a great way to educate junior and senior high school students about our courts and legal system.

Judges, commissioners, and attorneys - Coaching a team requires a greater commitment of time, however, most coaches report a deep sense of fulfillment as a result of their effort. At least one coach is assigned to work with each participating Mock Trial Team to advise the students on general trial techniques and procedures, as well as specific strategies for presenting the case. In Los Angeles, volunteering as a coach requires meeting with a team at least once per week, beginning in early-October and continuing for as long as the team stays in the competition, generally concluding in late November.

Please take a moment to share with us your volunteer story.

Mock Trial Co-Sponsors
American Board of Trials Advocates Foundation 
Daily Journal Corporation