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Independent Schools Mock Trial Competition (15-18yo) – Crown Courts

‘I thought that the Mock Trial Competition was intense and exciting. It was a very good opportunity to experience the work of a barrister up close.’

– Student Team Captain, Westminster School


Young Citizens is delighted to be able to extend our famous Bar Mock Trial Competition to benefit young people from the independent sector.

Our Mock Trial Competitions give budding lawyers a chance to experience life inside a courtroom, and provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about the criminal justice system straight from professionals. Working on cases specially written by our partners in the legal profession, students work together in teams of crown prosecutors, defence barristers or witnesses to gain a unique understanding of the justice system while developing employability skills such as teamwork, public speaking and verbal reasoning.

This year’s regional heats have now concluded, and the national final will be held on 25th April at Inner London Crown Court.

Applications for next year’s competitions will open at the end of April 2020.

Please see terms and conditions for further details

What are the key benefits?


→ Challenge your students in a completely new way

→ Add a unique offering to your extra curricular activities

→ Prepare students for further study and careers.


→ Learn directly about legal system from highly experienced trained professionals

→ Practice your public speaking and debating skills with your peers

→ Stand out in UCAS university applications for law, politics and more.


→ Your child will develop confidence in presentation skills and gain insight into the criminal justice system

→ Enable your child to stand out for UCAS applications to universities.

If your school is not able to access one of the existing competitions, but you would like to take part, please express your interest below and we will aim to hold competitions where there is sufficient demand.

Find out more about the Independent Schools Mock Trials

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