One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.Please visit the PA Bar Association website for more mock trial info at www.pabar.org/site/Public/YLD/MockTrial.aspx
Once again Penn Wood High School will participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial Competition for the 2017/2018 school year. One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition. This is Penn Wood High School’s 16th year participating in the competition. This year Penn Wood High School will enter two teams of students in the competition. These students will attend 2 college tournaments in January. Additionally, each team will also compete in a minimum of 2 trials in late January or early February in the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, PA.
Penn Wood has the reputation of being one of the best mock trial schools in Delaware County. We have won the county five times, and twice competed in the state tournament. Penn Wood has competed and won trials against some of the most prestigious public and private schools in the area including Merion Mercy, Wallingford-Swarthmore, Ridley, Episcopal Academy, Notre Dame de Namur, Friends Central, Upper Darby, Springfield, Archbishop Carroll, Prendie/Bonner, and others.
Representing Penn Wood High School in the Mock Trial Competition is a great honor and privilege and is to be taken very seriously. Students are expected to attend practices, read, study, and prepare their roles, keep up with their academic work, and work together as team players as this is a team activity. Being a team player means not letting down your team mates by missing practices or not preparing sufficiently for the trials. Each team member is expected to do their best for the team. Once you commit to being on the team, you will be expected to follow through on the commitment and attend all practices and events faithfully. Students will find that participation in mock trial will improve self-confidence and enhance their academic skills of reading, writing, analysis, and public speaking. Students will learn about the U.S. legal system, the U.S. Constitution, and courtroom rules and decorum. Colleges look very favorably upon participation in this very challenging academic activity and often offer scholarships for students who participate in mock trial. Mock trial is a lot of work but also a load of fun!
The Penn Wood Mock Trial team has been invited to participate in in two elite invitational tournaments this year. The first is the LaSalle University Blue and Gold Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14. The second is the Benjamin Franklin Invitational Tournament at University of Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21.