Judge at Empire San Francisco

October 27-29, 2018
San Francisco Superior Court

You can help impact 300 students by judging one round of mock trial!

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  • Empire Mock Trial is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Read about our mission.
  • We host mock trial programs for high school students in New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.
  • Since 2007, Empire has educated 4,500 students from 7 countries. See our global network.
  • Learn about the lives that we’ve touched by watching our impact video to the right.


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“The Empire Mock Trial competition provides an excellent learning opportunity for all participants. Not only have our students from Jonesboro High School expanded their legal knowledge, but they have also benefited from the unique cultural experience of interacting with students from other states and countries.”

– Honorable John Carbo, Chief Judge, State Court of Clayton County, GA

Don’t take our word for it—hear what our judges have to say:

Paul LaFata Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Empire NY 2010 - 2016

Empire SF 2014 - 2016

Empire ATL 2015 - 2016

Why volunteer?

  • It’s fun. Our cases are fascinating. The kids are immensely talented, energetic and diverse—you could be judging a student from San Francisco or Korea!
  • It’s rewarding. By volunteering your time, you are making an impact in the lives of young people. You’re teaching them about the law and empowering them to be better thinkers and speakers.
  • It’s a community. Our staff and volunteers (just like our students) are tight knit. They’re enthusiastic. By volunteering, you are joining an Empire Family of 4,500 worldwide!

Don’t take our word for it—hear what our judges have to say:

G. Aaron James Law Offices of G. Aaron James

Empire NY 2011 - 2016

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Join us at Empire San Francisco

  • We’re asking attorneys or law students to judge ONE 2.5 – 3 hour trial on October 27, 28 or 29 (though you can judge more than one, if you’d like).  Each trial also includes a 30 minute orientation and 15-20 minute feedback period.
    • Sat, 10/27 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:15 PM
    • Sun, 10/28 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:15 PM
    • Mon, 10/29 – report at 10:30 AM
  • The program is hosting 300 students from the US, China & Hong Kong, and the Republic of Korea and hailing from 14, including 2 teams from California.
  • The trials are held at San Francisco Superior Court (click to see courthouse location).
  • Attorneys will either serve as a presiding judge or scoring juror, and will provide students with both written and oral feedback.
  • All trials start with a pre-trial oral argument, where the presiding judge questions the students!
  • Complimentary food will be served!

Watch Empire’s students in action

2013 Championship RoundEmpire New YorkAtlanta International SchoolProsecution (GA)v. Sylvania Southview High SchoolDefendant (OH)

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