Mock Trial Competition: The Case of the Doped Derby

Welcome to the Paralegal Mock Trial Competition, a thrilling showcase of legal prowess and advocacy skills specifically designed for paralegals. This event provides paralegals with an unparalleled opportunity to apply their knowledge, courtroom expertise, and teamwork in a simulated legal battle.

Join us for a day of legal drama, intellectual challenges, and camaraderie at the Paralegal Mock Trial Competition. Whether you’re a seasoned paralegal looking to test your skills or a newcomer eager to learn, this event promises a captivating and educational experience that showcases the excellence of paralegal professionals in the legal arena.


  1. Courtroom Setting: At the conference, we’ll create a courtroom environment complete with a judge’s bench, witness stand, attorneys’ tables, and a jury box. Experience the ambiance of a real trial.
  2. Competing Teams: Teams of paralegals will compete against each other in presenting and defending their cases. Each team will represent either the plaintiff or defendant, engaging in strategic legal battles.
  3. Fictional Case Scenario: Dive into a thoughtfully crafted fictional case, complete with witness statements, exhibits, and legal research materials. Teams will receive these case materials in advance to prepare their arguments.
  4. Legal Expert Judges: Attorney and Professor Lisa Leibow and a team of practicing attorneys will preside over the competition. They will assess teams based on their knowledge of the law, argumentative skills, and adherence to courtroom procedures.
  5. Time-Tested Procedures: Teams will follow standard courtroom procedures, including opening statements, direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and closing arguments. This competition emphasizes the importance of professionalism and adherence to the rules of evidence.
  6. Audience Engagement: Attendees are encouraged to be active spectators, observing the proceedings, evaluating legal strategies, and even posing questions during breaks.
  7. Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow paralegals, judges, attorneys, and legal professionals during breaks and after the competition. Build valuable connections within the legal community.
  8. Feedback and Awards: Teams will receive constructive feedback from the judges to help them refine their legal skills. Awards will be presented to recognize outstanding performances, including Best Attorney and Best Witness.
  9. Learning Experience: Witnessing the Paralegal Mock Trial Competition is an excellent opportunity for professional development. It allows paralegals to gain practical insights into the legal profession and courtroom dynamics.
  10. Celebration of Legal Talent: This competition celebrates the essential role of paralegals in the legal field and highlights their dedication to justice and the law.


  1. Understand Legal Procedures: Learn about the structure and process of a trial, including opening statements, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, and closing arguments.
  2. Develop Communication Skills: Enhance public speaking, persuasion, and effective communication skills by presenting arguments, questioning witnesses, and making compelling statements.
  3. Analyze Evidence: Practice evaluating and analyzing evidence, understanding its relevance, and using it to build a strong case.
  4. Practice Critical Thinking: Develop the ability to think critically, analyze information, and respond to unexpected challenges during the trial.
  5. Use Teamwork and Collaboration: Collaborate with teammates to strategize, delegate responsibilities, and present a cohesive case as a team.
  6. Practice Conflict Resolution: Explore methods of resolving disputes and conflicts within the context of the trial, both as advocates and as part of the legal process.
  7. Explore Ethical Considerations: Understand the ethical responsibilities of lawyers, including maintaining professionalism, adhering to rules of evidence, and treating all parties fairly.
  8. Discover Empathy and Perspective-Taking: Gain insights into different roles within the legal system by taking on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and jurors.
  9. Practice Decision Making: Experience making strategic decisions under pressure, considering the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, evidence, and legal strategies.
  10. Apply Time Management: Practice managing time effectively during the trial, including preparing for court appearances, meeting deadlines, and staying organized.
  11. Use Legal Concepts: Apply legal concepts and theories learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario, enhancing practical understanding.