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Illinois State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Invitational to Take Place March 24-25 in Champaign

Sara Anderson
Media Manager
(312) 920-4684
For Immediate Release: 
March 9, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 9, 2018 –Teams from 41 high schools throughout the state will participate in the 36th annual Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) High School Mock Trial Invitational on March 24-25, 2018, at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign.

The top eight teams will compete in the final round on March 25, for the state championship. The winner will represent Illinois at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada. 

"The Invitational provides high school students throughout the state with a unique opportunity to learn about the justice system and participate in a friendly competition with their peers to put what they have learned into practice.  The students do not only begin to develop legal skills, they also develop public speaking skills, confidence, and professionalism.  These skills will ultimately help students achieve their higher education and career goals,” says Kateah McMasters, of Peoria, chair of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public, which administers the program.

Each team tries both sides – plaintiff and defense – of a hypothetical case developed by the ISBA Committee. This year’s case is Grant v Smith, a civil suit alleging the use of excessive force during an arrest.

Students will assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses, and a panel of Illinois lawyers and judges, along with members of the ISBA Law Related Education Committee, will evaluate and score the students' performances.  The students must also take a written test about the issues of the case and basic legal principles.

The High School Mock Trial Invitational has been conducted each year since 1982 by the ISBA to provide Illinois high school students an interesting and challenging way to gain insight into the American judicial system.  The 2018 event is co-administered by the Illinois Trial Team of the University of Illinois undergraduate program, and co-sponsored by Illinois LEARN, Inc.  The Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public thanks the University of Illinois College of Law for the generous use of its facility for the event.

The Illinois State Bar Association is a voluntary organization of 30,000 members that provides professional services to Illinois lawyers and education and services to the public. For more information, visit


Members of the media are welcome to cover any portion of the mock trials over the two-day period.
Participating Schools
Illinois State Bar Association 36th Annual Mock Trial Invitational
March 24-25, 2018 · University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign

  1. Bartlett HS - Bartlett
  2. Boylan Central Catholic HS - Rockford
  3. Caramel Catholic HS - Mundelein
  4. Champaign Centennial - Champaign
  5. Chicago Christian HS - Palos Height
  6. College Preparatory School of America - Lombard
  7. De La Salle - Chicago
  8. Evanston Township HS - Evanston
  9. Glenbard East HS - Lombard
  10. Glenbard South HS - Glen Ellyn
  11. Highland Park HS - Highland Park
  12. Hinsdale Central HS - Hinsdale
  13. Hinsdale South HS - Darien
  14. Homewood-Flossmoor HS - Flossmoor
  15. Huntley HS - Huntley
  16. Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy - Aurora
  17. John Hersey HS - Arlington Heights
  18. Libertyville HS - Libertyville
  19. Maine South HS - Park Ridge
  20. Maine Township HS West - Des Plaines
  21. Mt. Vernon Township HS - Mt. Vernon
  22. Naperville North HS - Naperville
  23. Niles North HS - Skokie
  24. Niles West HS - Skokie
  25. Normal West HS - Normal
  26. Northridge Preparatory School - Niles
  27. Oak Park River Forest HS - Oak Park    
  28. O’Fallon Township HS - O’Fallon
  29. Pittsfield HS - Pittsfield
  30. Providence Catholic HS - New Lenox
  31. Rich Central HS - Olympia Fields
  32. Rich South HS - Richton Park
  33. Salem Community HS - Salem
  34. South Elgin HS - South Elgin
  35. St. Charles East HS - St. Charles
  36. St. Charles North HS - St. Charles
  37. Timothy Christian HS - Elmhurst
  38. Wheaton Academy - West Chicago
  39. Whitney M. Young Magnet HS - Chicago
  40. Willowbrook HS - Villa Park
  41. York Community HS - Elmhurst

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