High School Programs

Do you love mock trial? Do you wait with anticipation for the next season to begin and a new case to be released? Are you considering a career in law or interested in learning more about the American judicial system? Do you want to build your skills in public speaking, presentation, and critical analysis?

Then join us for Top Mock, one of the oldest and most prestigious summer programs for high school mock trial. For 18 years, Top Mock has taught advanced trial advocacy skills to some of the nation’s finest mock trial participants.

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Top Mock Dates

July 13-19, 2020

First-round applications are due by April 30. Accepted students are required to pay a $200 deposit to secure a spot in the program. Applications received after April 30 will be considered on a rolling basis if space is available.
Program Fee = $1,800 (includes housing and meals)

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What is Top Mock?

Top Mock is a highly selective program administered by Furman’s award-winning collegiate Mock Trial team. The program is designed for high school students who have competed in mock trial tournaments (particularly the Empire Tournaments, Gladiator Tournaments, State Championships, or National Championship). Top Mock participants receive a week of training and instruction from Furman’s experienced mock trial faculty and students.

“Furman Top Mock genuinely transformed my pre-professional life and catapulted my skills to a new level.  We acquired abilities that most prospective lawyers do not learn until law school.  We were rigorously trained to tear apart cases, prepare directs, prepare crosses, and execute statements within a matter of days.  I would recommend this incredible learning experience to any mock trial participant.” Araceli Carmen Cooper, JH Rose High School (Greenville, NC)

“Furman’s Top Mock summer program helped me improve my mock trial skills significantly.  I learned to write high-quality questions that resulted in effective direct examinations.  Additionally, the program improved my time management skills.  Overall, I had an amazing time at Top Mock; I learned a lot, met great people, and enjoyed myself a great deal.”  Bridget Schumacher, Indian Hill High School (Cincinnati, OH)

“As an attorney coach for a competitive high school mock trial team and a parent, I could not be happier that my daughter asked to attend Top Mock this past summer.  She was able to argue a pre-trial motion which really kick started her in a pre-trial role this season.  But the greatest gift was the opportunity to immerse herself with other like-minded teenagers,​ and the confidence she gained by working hard and proving herself in a demanding but supportive environment. I highly recommend Top Mock to anyone interested in taking their skills to the next level.”  Lisa Rothstein, Coach, Dos Pueblos High School (Santa Barbara, CA)

Top Mock Instruction

Top Mock participants polish their knowledge of evidentiary rules, learn advanced techniques in crafting direct and cross-examinations, and acquire sophistication in developing witness portrayals. This advanced-skills program focuses on both the substantive aspects of preparing a case as well as presentation techniques under the supervision of seasoned litigators and acting professionals.

Top Mock participants will receive a criminal case that was previously argued in American Mock Trial Association competitions.  The program begins with an assessment of each student’s leadership styles and strengths, led by Furman’s Director of Leadership Programs.  During the week, participants will take on a role as an attorney or a witness and work within a team to develop a case presentation. At the end of the week, students will argue their case in the Haynsworth Federal Courthouse in downtown Greenville.  It’s an opportunity to join forces with other top-flight mock trial participants that you normally only see on the opposing counsel team.

Top Mock Faculty

Regardless of your future goals, Top Mock provides an unparalleled opportunity to hone skills in speech, critical thought, and teamwork that will not only help you develop advanced mock trial skills, but also provide a solid foundation for a college career.

Top Mock participants receive a week of training and instruction from Furman’s experienced mock trial faculty and students.