Empire Chicago Mock Trial program

Law students and professors at Chicago-Kent College of Law are invited to serve as judges or jurors at the Empire Chicago Mock Trial program on November 4-5 at Hilton Chicago at 9 AM or 2:15 PM.

Many professors in the Chicagoland area shared our information over the summer and it resulted in 90 law students and 90 judges/lawyers registering for our September program. We are so grateful for your support.

Here are a few reasons why you and your students should consider volunteering for the Empire Chicago World Championship program:

Make a Difference. Our students are extraordinary and are traveling to Chicago from across the globe. We are hosting 425 high school students from 22 states and 5 countries.

Free MCLE. We offer a free 30 minute ethics session before each trial from an engaging presenter.

The Perks. Free parking, free meal, and great networking (12 sitting judges registered this year). Join us on Wednesday, 11/3 for free appetizers/spirits at the Palmer House after work.
Fascinating Case. The trial starts off with an oral argument in which students debate whether a fictitious statute violates the Second Amendment, followed by a negligence trial against a gun store.

Cook County Judicial Circuit Judge James Shapiro:

“Before Empire, I had never judged a high school mock trial competition. Quite frankly, I was a little skeptical as to how good they could possibly be at the high school level. I am no longer a skeptic. These high school kids are better at trial advocacy than many lawyers I see.

The competition is run in an extraordinarily professional manner. Empire has it organized down to a science. I had no idea this could be possible at the high school level. Kudos to Empire, and I heartily recommend participation as a judge in this competition. You will be blown away by the quality of much of the trial advocacy.

Register here