A program organized by the Orange Country Constitutional Rights Foundation, Mock Trial combines performance-based, law-related education with tournament-style academic competition. High school students, working in teams under the careful guidance and supervision of their teachers and volunteer attorney coaches, analyze the facts of a hypothetical criminal court case, prepare trial strategy, and enact every role in the trial proceedings, either as members of the prosecution or defense. The teams present their cases in real courtrooms before sitting judges and are scored by volunteer attorneys who observe from the jury box. Students may also compete in courtroom art and journalism contests. Through this process, students gain an understanding of our judicial system and develop valuable critical thinking, analytical reasoning, public speaking, and team building skills.