Clayton High School's Mock Trial Team has a long history of success!  
    About Mock Trial
    Mock Trial is organized throughout the State of Missouri by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.   Students compete in a team of 8 students to argue a fictional case as both the Plaintiff / Prosecution and Defense.
     During the Fall Semester, we form our team and then spend 4 - 6 hours per week discussing the case and dividing up roles.  Students will prepare as a witness, as a lawyer, or BOTH.  These meetings are usually one or two evenings during the week and each Sunday afternoon.  Why the late meeting times?  Because the team works with a full-time lawyer who volunteers his time.  Michael Wetmore of the Law Firm of Polsinelli has been volunteering as the "Lawyer Coach" for Clayton longer than most of the current students have been alive!
    In the Spring Semester, we compete in preliminary rounds, hope for advancement to Regional rounds, then hope again to advance to State.  If we win the State Tournament, we then advance on to Mock Trial Nationals!  A complete calendar is provided to the team members as soon as possible!
    Is it a lot of time?  Yes, and there's no real way around that.  BUT, it's highly flexible!  We rewrite our practice schedule each year to fit the needs of the 8 members of our team!
    Is Clayton competitively successful?
     We have a LONG history of success!  The rankings below represent our team's final ranking of the 75+ teams throughout Missouri that compete each year!
    • 2011 - 2012 -- 2nd in State!
    • 2012 - 2013 -- 1st in State!  (State Champions -- We advanced to Nationals in Indianapolis, IN!)
    • 2013 - 2014 -- 4th in State!
    • 2014 - 2015 -- 3rd in State!
    • 2015 - 2016 -- 3rd in State! 
    • 2016 - 2017 -- 4th in State!
    • 2017 - 2018 -- 3rd in State!
    • 2018 - 2019 -- 1st in State!  (State Champions -- We advanced to Nationals in Athens, GA and took 15th in the Nation!)
    • 2019 - 2020 -- State Tournament Cancelled (COVID-19)
    Awesome!  How do I sign up?!
     Most of Seiwell's teams are "open enrollment" which means that you can join any time you'd like.  Unfortunately, this isn't true for Mock Trial.  Due to BAMSL rules, we're limited to 8 members on our team each year.  So, we hold an open audition process in September every year.  Be paying close attention to the daily announcements for details about signing up for an audition slot.  
    If you have questions, please see the Mock Trial "Faculty Coach" - Mr. Seiwell in Room 40. 
    Students will be able to learn about upcoming auditions times by listening closely to the daily announcements! 
    You can also visit our website at www.tinyurl.com/ClaytonMockTrial for more information!
Last Modified on September 18, 2020