Program Mission

Temple-LEAP’s mission is to educate non-lawyers, particularly middle and high school students from Philadelphia area schools, about the law and citizenship. Started in 1974, LEAP reaches these goals by teaching about principles of democracy while developing critical reading, writing and thinking skills. The cornerstone of Temple-LEAP is the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition. The Temple-LEAP office administers the Philadelphia competition together with other programs that engage non-lawyers to learn more about the law and civic education. The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association also collaborates with Temple-LEAP on coordinating the camp and recruiting coaches and judges.

John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Camp

Quick Facts:

Who is invited:
Students and Faculty from Pennsylvania Area Schools.

When:  November to May


If you are interested in volunteering please contact the LEAP office.

The Mock Trial Camp is organized in a joint effort by Temple-LEAP and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. It is an intensive all-day event that couples an instructive component with hands-on training in direct and cross-examination of parties and witnesses. Philadelphia public, private, and parochial school students participating in this event get a preview of this year’s case as they work alongside attorneys and law students to practice their trial skills.  During the camp, students learn the skills necessary to successfully handle the basic components of a trial and get the opportunity to practice in front of Temple Law students and members of the Philadelphia legal community.

The Mock Trial Training Camp takes place online.  Please continue to consult this webpage for updated information regarding the Philadelphia competition dates.

2023 – 2024 Competition Information

More Information

For more information, please contact the LEAP Camp Director:

Sarah Kaufman, LEAP Camp Director