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What is Mock Trial?

Course Description

Honors Mock Trial is a national high school competition developed by the Dallas Bar Association that introduces students to the American adversarial judicial system. Cases are written by the Dallas Bar Association and alternate between civil and criminal legal actions. Students analyze the legal arguments within the case, prepare witnesses for direct and cross examination, and present opening statements and closing arguments. Students develop their critical thinking, public speaking, and analytical skills.

Legal Lions

PCA's Mock Trial team, Legal Lions, practices during regular course hours and after school. They also attend scrimmages on designated weekends around the metroplex in preparation for the Regional and State competition.

*Entry into class by audition and application only.


  • PCA's 2012 Mock Trial team was the first private Christian school to win the Mock Trial State competition in Texas and advance to the National competition.
  • In 2017, the Legal Lions placed 5th in the state overall and had the top Advocate in the State!
  • PCA's 2019 Mock Trial Team placed 5th in the state overall and Senior Karen Sculley won top Advocate in the State.


Chad Nichols

Chad Nichols

English Teacher, Mock Trial Coach
PCA Plano, Upper School

I think the greatest thrill, for me, is to watch them in public-- not only share their faith, but defend it.

PCA Parent