Students from schools across North Louisiana competed in the 23rd Annual Regional Mock Trial Competition.
In the competition, high school students are given a case and compete as mock lawyers and witnesses to see who wins. On Saturday, West Monroe High School competed against Caddo Magnet.
"Some will go on to be someday lawyers and some won't, but they're learning valuable life skills," said Bob Noel, a local attorney and ULM professor.
Organizers also say it's important for youth to take part in activities involving public speaking.
"This particular trial setting allows them an opportunity to create more self-esteem and confidence, which are important tools for their future," said Shereba Diaz, a local attorney and a judge in the competition.
The state competition will take place March 23 in Lafayette. The winner there will then go to nationals in Indianapolis this May.