The 2001-2002 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition is down to its final "magnificent four." Last fall, close to 1600 high school students, representing 120 high schools across Maryland, entered the Maryland State Bar Association's (MSBA) annual statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, hoping to advance to this year's final championship, which will be held in Annapolis on April 18-19, 2002.
The top four teams to emerge as the "magnificent four" finalists are: Bishop Walsh High School in Allegany County; Towson High School in Baltimore County; Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County; and Stephen Decatur High School in Worcester County.
In this competition, student mock trial teams perform the same trial, assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Teams devote countless hours in preparation for the competition under the direction and guidance of volunteer attorney and teacher advisors. Attorneys and judges volunteer to coach the students and assist them throughout the competition. MSBA's educational arm in Maryland schools, the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), manages the competition.
Since its inception in 1983, over 25,000 Maryland youth have participated in MSBA's Mock Trial Competition. MSBA sponsors this educational and entertaining contest to promote young people's understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system.