Student and Educational Services
Craig Irish, Coordinator
Held each spring, the annual Sacramento County Gordon D. Schaber (GDS) Competition is a model law program that helps high school students develop knowledge and awareness of the judicial system. The competition is open to high school students in the Sacramento region.
The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students portray the roles of pre-trial counsel, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, bailiffs, and jurors before a single presiding judge and two to three scoring judges. It includes the Courtroom Art competition, in which artists from participating schools create courtroom sketches during the competition, and the Courtroom Journalism competition, in which students write an account of their own team's competition.
The Moot Court competition simulates an appellate-level proceeding in which students prepare and argue a case before a panel of three judges that evaluates the students on the quality and persuasiveness of their legal reasoning and presentation, as well as their unscripted responses to spontaneous questions from the bench.
Mock Trial and Moot Court teams spend months preparing for this demanding competition. In addition to learning about courtroom procedures and the rule of law, students learn about teamwork, goal setting, planning, and public speaking.
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