How to volunteer
Why get involved?
Thanks to the help of the many lawyers who volunteer their time, students are able to gain a better understanding of the legal system and develop a greater sense of justice.
It is obvious through communication with the teachers and school coordinators that the value of the Competition does not rest on the Grand Final or medal ceremony. The students gain the most rewarding experiences through the process of working with lawyers, preparing for the Mock Trial, creating a court room environment and rising to the challenge of presenting a case.
Calling on skills such as lateral thinking, research and analysis, strong communication and improvisation, students are developing into mature community members. These skills are also transferable to other real/life situations, making Mock Trial a key example of life long learning.
Legal professionals combining their knowledge of the law with the skills of listening, compassion and explanation allow students to go beyond the formal Legal Studies curriculum, putting a human face on lawyers and raising awareness and appreciation of the legal process.
Getting involved in the competition is also a great way for lawyers to meet and become involved with their community while providing support to a program that can only succeed wit the involvement of the profession. Each year the Law Society of NSW coordinates the Inter-School Mock Trial Competition, which engages students from across the state and the ACT with the law.
The Competition began in NSW with only 28 secondary schools participating and it has since grown to include over 250.
Volunteer magistrates, adjudicators and writers needed!
There are several ways to get involved in the Mock Law competitions. You can volunteer as a magistrate, scriptwriter or adjudicator.
To register as a volunteer please check this page soon
Mock Magistrate 'Buddy' System
If it is your first time volunteering for the program, we can pair you with an established volunteer Magistrate to observe a trial in action. For more information, please contact the Mock Law Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org