SKCE Summer Mock Trial Boot Camp- A big Success!

Nearly 50 Latino students, many of them sons and daughters of immigrant farmworkers, gathered at Willamette University College of Law on the mornings of July 24th and July 25th, ready to attend the first Mock Trial Summer Boot Camp put on by SKCE with a group of accomplished judges and attorneys.

Many of the students were anxious and excited at the same time, as they had never been in the Willamette Law School before. The first day, none of the students knew what to expect but all were ready to courageously tackle the challenges the camp would hold. These youth were immediately captivated by the stories and experiences of their future coaches, the law professionals who were running the camp and who will be coaching the mock trial teams in the fall.

The students all came from high schools in the Salem/Keizer School District: South Salem, North, McKay, and McNary. Students practiced different aspects of the Mock Trial process, including opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, closing statements and objections in the two day camp. The coaches were motivated by the students’ public speaking, leadership, and critical thinking abilities, and for their desire to pursue a career in law.  For each aspect of the mock trial process, the coaches lectured and then demonstrated the skill. The students were then divided into small groups to practice with their fellow students and with the coaches. Finally, all of the students came together and each group gave their presentation.

Students were very excited and eager to participate in our year around Mock Trial Teams. For more information please contact: Maria Jaramillo at 503-363-8130 or

Statesman Journal Coverage: Mock Trial helps students prep for legal future

View a gallery of day one of the Mock Trial Summer boot camp on SmugMug

View a gallery of day two of the Mock trial Summer boot camp on SmugMug