Cathedral 7-12 High School sponsors a Mock Trial team which participates in the annual statewide competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association. The Bar Association prepares a case based on a topical legal situation and each school’s team works on both sides of the case. Students then argue each side of the case at different times in a real courtroom setting with another school taking the opposing side.
Mock Trial is an opportunity for scholars to develop a knowledge of the legal system and learn how to orate and argue a case clearly and logically. Students improve critical thinking skills, debating, persuasive speech, and even acting talent. A number of Cathedral teams have moved beyond the initiate stage of the competition.